Its is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) to operationalize Agriculture Extension Reforms in the State and ATMA is district level body and has the main responsibility of all the technology dissemination activities at district level. It has linkage with all allied departments, research organization, NGO’s and agencies associated with agricultural development in the district. Research and extension units within the district such as KVK’s, department of Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, Sericulture, Marketing, etc. are constituent members. The Programmes and procedures concerning district-wise Research Extension activities are determined by ATMA Governing Board (GB) and are implemented by its Managing Committee.
To manage programme implementation at block level and below, ATMA has to establish Farm Information Advisory Centres (FIAC) at each block in the district. These are supported by two groups; one a group of Technical Officers at block derived from different functional areas of Agriculture and allied departments as Block Technology Team (BTT). The other group is a Farmer Advisory Committee (FAC) which is body exclusively comprised of farmers.
Strategic Research and Extension Plan (SREP) is one of the first tasks of ATMA like Institution to facilitate the preparation of SREP of the district. The SREP is prepared through participatory methodologies such as Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) involving all the stake holder and farmers. The SREP contains detailed analysis of all the information on the existing farming system in the district and research extension gaps required to be filled up. It also prioritizes the extension strategies within the district. It becomes the bases for development of work plan at Block/ District Level. The data pertaining to Status of Agriculture/ Horticulture/ Animal Husbandry/ Sericulture/ Fisheries procured from the concerned departments is incorporated in the SREP.The Scheme was launched in five districts of Kashmir Division viz. Anantnag/Budgam/Kupwara/Leh and Kargil during 2005-06.
Sanction for the implementation of the scheme in rest of seven districts viz. Srinagar, Ganderbal, Pulwama, Shopian, Baramulla, Bandipora and Kulgam was issued by the State Government during the financial year 2008-09. The SREP in respect of these districts have already been formulated and submitted to the Nodal Agency/Government of India for approval and release of funds during 2009-10. An amount of Rs.2.52 lacs have been released for preparation of SREP in the newly notified districts. The total expenditure of Rs.28.52 lacs has been incurred so far under the scheme.