In order to successfully combat a large scale frequent pest and disease outbreak, which has become a common feature in the State , a training centre in Plant Protection has been established as Plant Protection Training Centre ( PPTC) in 1965 with a view to build a cadre of well informed and competent technical personnel for effectively tackling crop pests and diseases. The Institute was renamed as State Institute of Plant Protection and Pest Surveillance ( SIPP & PS), with a view to emphasis on Pest Surveillance. The centre has been progressively developed into full pledged State level "Agricultural Staff Training Institute" ( ASTI) by merging the Soil Conservation Training Centre ( SCTC) at Hyderabad during 1989. Again in the year 1999, the Institute was upgraded and converted as an autonomous body as State Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institute (SAMETI) under National Agricultural Technology Project (NATP) of World Bank and will be the nodal agency for the Agricultural Technology Management Agencies ( ATMAs) of the entire State. Andhra Pradesh is one of the 6 States ( Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Maharastra, Punjab and Orissa ) in India selected under NATP programme to impart training to departmental officers in disciplines like Agronomy, Entomology, Extension, Pest Surveillance, Plant Pathology, Soil Science, Plant Protection Methods, Soil Conservation and Agricultural Engineering.