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Ministry of agri highlights farmers’ schemes
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, DEC 17 (NPN):
Published on 18 Dec. 2010 12:03 AM IST
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Directorate of Extension, government of India ministry of agriculture department of agriculture and cooperation has set up its stall at the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Pavilion at NE Agri Expo site Dimapur and is educating visiting farmers on the various schemes and benefits available for them.
Speaking to media persons at the stall, joint director (extension) ministry of agriculture, government of India, Prashant S. Armorikar said that the objective of setting up the stall at the Expo site was to create awareness among the farmers about government schemes meant for them and providing information on agriculture and allied areas. He said one of the main schemes for farmers included Kisan Call Centre located in all the northeastern states to provide information through telephone by experts. The toll free number of the call centre is 1551.
He highlighted on the Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) which works at district level to provide specific information on latest technologies to the farmers through demonstrations, field visits, farmers training, farmers-scientists interaction etc. Further, the joint director talked about the agri clinic and agri business schemes available for unemployed agriculture graduates and diploma holders. Under this scheme, the selected candidates are given two months free training, on completion of which the candidate becomes eligible to get bank loan for establishing agricultural ventures to provide advisory and extension services to the farmers, he added.

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