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Key functions of ATMA Governing Board

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

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.

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