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Agriculture Department

About The Department:

District Agriculture Office came into existence w.e.f 1st March 2013 in the District after its creation into full fledged District of North Garo Hills with its Headquarter at Resubelpara. North Garo Hills comprises 2(two) C & RD Blocks viz; Resubelpara Dev. Block and Kharkutta Dev. Block, including 2(two) Agriculture Development Circle offices under each Block, namely,
1. Bajengdoba Circle
2.Kharkutta Circle.

This District of North Garo Hills has vast scope of activities for Agriculture, Horticulture and allied Agriculture including Farm business and marketing. The Agricultural crops mostly grown in the District are Cereals , Pulses and oil seeds. Summer and Winter vegetables are also grown by the farmer to some extent.
Agricultural Crop Statistics of North Garo Hills District Agricultural Crops Statistics of North Garo Hills District  

Name of the Scheme/Programme available for implementation are as follows:

1. Maize Development Scheme :
The scheme aims at encouraging farmers to grow maize for consumption, commercialization as well as fodder crops specially in the places where the paddy cultivation is not taken up or in the places where the paddy cannot be grown. The scheme has also a provision for demonstration where the agriculture inputs are given free to the farmers. The maize seeds are made available for the both Kharif and Rabi seasons and in the year 2013-14, during Kharif season the demonstration programme covered an area of67.5 hectares and in Rabi season the area coverage was 46 hectares.

2.Plant Protection Scheme :
The Scheme aims at controlling crops from pest and diseases and minimize the economic losses of crop produce by using Bio-Pesticides and plant protection chemicals (pesticides and insecticides) judiciously which are provided to the farmers. When the pests infestation is severe in particular area, the area is declared endemic or epidemic for which the plant protection chemicals are given free to control the outbreak of diseases and pests. For the normal outbreak of pests and diseases the chemicals and 196 no of Sprayers are sold at 50% subsidized rate to the farmers. During the year 2013-14 the P.P. chemical use is 806 Lits./358kgs. In the recent time, most of the chemicals used to control pests and diseases are bio pesticides, which are eco-friendly.

3.Agriculture Information Scheme :
Under this scheme, awareness programme is being organized to the farmers with regards the latest technology and farm information,the workshops, seminars and training programmes both in Kharif and Rabi seasons. There is a provision for farmers to participate in the exhibitions and agriculture mela etc.

4. Winter Cropping Scheme:
The Scheme aims at encouraging farmers to grow more than one crop in the plot of land in a year to maximize production and farm profits from the same plot of land and at the same time the same plot of land will not remain fallow. Where there is assured irrigation facility throughout the year,Multiple Cropping Scheme is being implemented.The implementation of Multiple Cropping Programme is being implemented in 5 MIP command areas in North Garo Hills during the year 2013-2014 as details below.

 Multiple Cropping Programme details during the year 2013-14  
5. State Rice Mission.
The component of the schemes for 2013-14 are as follows;
(1) Sale of paddy seed at 50%:- The scheme provide the sale of seed to the farmers at 50% for both Local, HYV and Hybrid seed for year 2013-14 scheme, 40 qtls local 149.1 qtls., HYV paddy seed (var.MTU-7029) and 17.1 qtls. Hybrid paddy seed (var-Loknath-505) were sold to the farmers at 50% sale.
(2) Training of farmers: to achieve the Mission objective, the scheme provide a training programmes to the farmers at various levels including crops production and post harvest practices.
(3) Minor works: The climatic and the soil of the region isvery favourable for the Boro paddy cultivation. Therefore the scheme provide minor works such as check dam and surface pumps to the water scarcity area of the region and encourage the farmers to grow boro paddy in their paddy fields in order to achieve the goal of the mission.
(4) Formation of Rice interested groups(RIG):- The schemes also provide the grain inaide to the RIG and honorarium to farmers friend, seed money and operation expenses for setting up of R.G.S in the mission.

6.Special Dev. Programme for Areas Bordering Assam:-The component of the scheme are
1) Construction of check dam, dug out etc:-
To encourage the farmers to grow more agricultural crops in the water scarcity areas, the construction of check dam and dug out was formulated in the scheme.
2) The scheme also provide a free distribution such as pumps set/Rice huller/paddy thresher/paddy reaper for farmers and Self Help Group.

7.Farmer's Training Institute & Education Scheme:-
Training and exposure trips are being organized within and outside the state under this scheme.

8.E-Governance Scheme:-
Funds earmarked and available under this scheme.

9. Organic Manure Scheme:-
The schemes aims act encouraging farmers to use organic manure for improving soil health.

10.Integrated Farming of Micro Watershed:-
The schemes aims at encouraging farmers to adopt integrated farming for sustainable agriculture and livelihood.



Centrally sponsored Scheme under ATMA has its main objectives of the following :-

* Providing innovative, restructured and autonomous institutions at the state/ district/ block level.
* Encouraging multi-agency extension strategies involving public / private extension Service providers.
* Ensuring an integrated, broad-based extension delivery mechanism consistent with farming system approach.
* Adopting group approach to extension in line with the identified needs and requirements of the farmers in the form of CIGs &FIGs.
* Facilitating convergence of programmes in planning, execution and implementation.
* Addressing gender concerns by mobilizing farm women into the groups and providing training to them.
* Moving towards sustainability of extension services through beneficiary contribution. District Level :
ATMA is an autonomous institution set up at district level to ensure delivery of extension services to farmers. ATMA Governing Board is the apex body of ATMA which provides overall policy direction. ATMA GB will be assisted by the District, Headed by the Deputy Commissioner & ATMA Cell comprising PD ATMA, Dy. PDs and Staff in the discharge of its functions. ATMA Management Committee is the executive body looking after implementation of the Scheme.

Block Level :
BFACs shall represent Farmers Interest Groups (FIGs) / FOs existing within the block on rotation basis to advise the BTT. The Block ATMA Cell consisting of these two bodies, Block Technology Manager and subject matter Specialists will provide extension support within the Block, through preparation and execution of Block action plans (BAPs).

Village Level :
1) The Farmer Friend (FF) will serve as a vital link between extension system and farmers(one For every two villages)
2) Wherever available under their respective schemes,Agri-enterpreneurs will supplement the efforts of extension functionaries by making quality inputs available to the farmers and by providing them critical technical advice.
3) Farm schools will serve as a mechanism for farmer-farmer extension at 3 to 5 focal points In every Block.

District / Block level activities are categorised in three groups namely;
1)Farmer Oriented Activities;
2)Farm information and Dissemination;
3)Research-Extension-Farmer (R-E-F) linkages.

ATMA, North Garo Hills, Resubelpara, a registered Society,in the year 2013,has established Governing Body(GB) and Management Committee(MC). ATMA, has started its activities in a phase manner in the district.

Contact details

The District Agriculture Officer
North Garo Hills District.


District Depts.

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