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ATMA GOVERNING BOARD (GB)

The ATMA Governing Board (GB) is a policy making body which provides guidance, reviews & steers the progress and functioning of the ATMA.

Composition:

1

District Magistrate / Collector

Chairman

2

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Chief Development Officer (CDO)

Vice-Chairman

3

Joint Director / Deputy Director (Agri.)

Member

4

Joint Director / Deputy Director (Hort.)

Member

5

Joint Director / Deputy Director (Animal Husbandry/Fishery/Sericulture)

Member (one of them as per local priorities)

6

A representative from ZRS

Member

7

Programme Coordinator, Krishi Vigyan Kendra

Member

8

One Farmer representative

Member

9

One Livestock Producer

Member

10.

One Horticulture Farmer

Member

11.

Representative of Women Farmers Interest Groups

Member

12.

One SC / ST farmer representative

Member

13.

A representative of NGO

Member

14.

Lead Bank Officer of the District

Member

15.

A representative of District Industrial Center

Member

16.

Representative of Agriculture Marketing Board

Member

17.

Representative of input supplying Associations

Member

18.

A representative of trained input dealers who is also providing extension services

Member

19.

One Fisheries / Sericulture representative

Member

20.

A DRDA Representative

Member

21.

Project Director ATMA

Member-Secretary-cum- Treasurer (Ex-officio)

 

Appointment / Nomination / Term of Members:

Non-official members of GB will be appointed for a period of 2 years by APC on the recommendation of the Chairman of GB.
Some initial appointments would be staggered to ensure that about two-thirds of the members would carry on for an additional year on the GB.
Thirty per cent of the farmer representatives on the GB would be reserved for women farmers to ensure that their interests are fully represented.  

Key functions of ATMA Governing Board

 The key functions of ATMA Governing Board would be to:

1. Review and approve Strategic Research and Extension Plan (SREP) and annual action plans that are prepared and submitted by the participating units.
 2. Receive and review annual reports presented by the participating units, providing feedback and direction to them as needed, for various research and extension activities being carried out within the district.
3. Receive and allocate project funds to carry out priority research, extension and related activities within the district.
 4. Foster the organization and development of Farmers’ Interest Groups (FIGs) and Farmers Organizations (FOs) within the district.
5. Facilitate greater involvement of private sector firms and organizations in providing inputs, technical support, agro-processing and marketing services to farmers.
6. Encourage agriculture lending institutions to increase the availability of capital to resource poor and marginal farmers, especially SC, ST and women farmers.
7. Encourage each line department, plus the KVK and ZRS, to establish farmer advisory committees to provide feedback and input for their respective R-E Programmes.
8. Enter into contracts and agreements as appropriate to promote and support agricultural development activities within the district.
9. Identify other sources of financial support that would help ensure the financial sustainability of the ATMA and its participating units.
10. Converge human and financial resources available for extension under different schemes and programmes of DAC.
11. Establish revolving funds / accounts for each participating unit, and encourage each unit to make available technical services, such as artificial insemination or soil testing, on a cost recovery basis moving towards full cost recovery in a phased manner.
12. Arrange for the periodic audit of ATMA’s financial accounts; and
13. Adopt and amend the rules and by-laws for the ATMA.
14. Hold meetings of ATMA GB every quarter or frequently.
15. Any other functions that support effective functioning of ATMA in the district.  

ATMA MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE (MC)

 The Management Committee would be responsible for planning and execution of day-to-

Composition:  


1.

Project Director of Agriculture Technology Management Agency

Chairman

2.

District Head of Dept., Agriculture

Member

3.

District Head of Dept., Horticulture

Member

4.

District Head of Dept., Animal Husbandry

Member

5.

District Head of Dept. Fisheries

Member

6.

District Head of Dept. Sericulture

Member

8.

Head, Krishi Vigyan Kendra

Member

9.

Head, Zonal Research Station

Member

10.

Project Officer, District Rural Development Agency

Member

11.

One representative of Farmers’ Organization promoted by an NGO

Member

12.

Representative of NGO, if any, involved in agricultural extension

Member

13

District level NABARD Officer

Member

14

Lead Bank Officer

Member

15

A representative of trained input dealers who is also providing extension services

Member

16.

Two progressive farmers (one of whom should be a woman)

Member

17.

Two Deputy Project Directors

One of the Dy.PDs will be Member Secretary

Key functions of Management Committee (MC)

The functions and tasks to be carried out by the ATMA Management Committee would include the following:

1. Carryout periodic Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) to identify the problems and constraints faced by different socio-economic groups and farmers within the district.
2. Prepare an integrated, Strategic Research and Extension Plan (SREP) for the district that would specify short and medium term adaptive research as well as technology validation and refinement and extension priorities for the district.
3. Prepare annual District Agriculture Action Plans in consultation with DFAC which would be submitted to the ATMA Governing Board for review, possible modification and approval.
4. Maintain appropriate project accounts for audit purposes.
5. Coordinate the execution of these annual action plans through participant line departments, ZRSs, KVKs, NGOs, FIGs / FOs and allied institutions, including private sector firms.
6. Establish coordinating mechanisms at the Block level, such as Farm Information & Advisory Centres (FIACs) that would integrate extension and technology transfer activities at the block and village levels.
7. Provide periodic performance reports as required by DAC to the Governing Board outlining the various targets and achievements.
8. Provide secretariat to Governing Board and initiate action on policy direction, investment decisions and other guidance received from the Governing Board.
9. ATMA Management Committee shall meet once in a month to review the progress in various blocks and submit the report to State Nodal Cell/ DAC.


 
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