Government has provided training to more than ten thousand farmers during the last one year about the latest machinery and technology to improve the quality of their crop. This has led to increased production and income of the farmers by adopting the latest technologies for cultivation. Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said this in a written reply in Lok Sabha yesterday. He said, the government has established four Farm Machinery Training and Testing Institutes in Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh and Assam which are engaged in imparting training to various categories of trainees including farmers.
The Minister said, a Centrally Sponsored Scheme – Support to State Extension Programs for Extension Reforms popularly known as ATMA Scheme has been under implementation since 2005. Presently, the scheme is being implemented in 691 districts of 28 states and 5 Union Territories in the country. The scheme promotes a decentralized farmer-friendly extension system in the country. Under the scheme Grants-in-Aid is released to the State Governments with an objective to support State Government’s efforts to make available the latest agricultural technologies and good agricultural practices in different thematic areas of agriculture. During the last one year, more than 17 lakh farmers have been trained under the scheme in different thematic areas.
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