SAMETI Trainings

Department of Agriculture has a mandate for building up the capabilities of extension field functionaries for effective job performance. It tends to build right work culture to serve farming community for their sustainability.

Based on the feedback from the participants of training programmes 2012-2013, the training programmes have been designed in the theme areas having relevance to the needs of the extension functionaries for the current year 2013-2014.

The theme areas include Seed Production technologies with reference to SVP and management of seed farms to be understood by the farmers as well as the staff. In the present scenario higher yields are to be achieved by eco friendly practices through Integrated Crop Management (Polambadi) in the context of cereals, pulses – oilseeds and commercial crops. In addition, a series of programmes have been planned on integrated weed management, plant protection equipment and maintenance. Besides these, the training programmes are also taken up to reduce the post harvest losses through advanced techniques and storage pests management including the rodent control. In the context of contingency planning training programme on crop insurance and contingency planning during the weather aberrations is included.

Recent trend is to reduce the usage of chemicals which directs the farmers towards organic farming. Several farmers are keen on this type of cultivation in view of premium price offered by private companies through buy-back agreements. There is a need for the extension personnel to get acquainted with the scenario in the context of World Trade Organization. Involvement of women farmers in agricultural operations is immense and hence drudgery reduction aspects are to be disseminated at field level.

The training calendar has been planning keeping in view the priorities of extension personnel in the context of training management and new dimension in Agril. Extension. Keeping in view to develop the skills of extension personnel Office administration and finance management, farm journalism and script writing, soft skills fro personality development and communication skills for effective extension services are included. As in previous years, programmes on Quality control of agricultural inputs, Soil and Water analysis and Agricultural meteorology have been proposed. Thus the training programmes during the current year are designed to provide suitable information and methods for improving the capabilities of the field staff.