National Mission on Agricultural Extension and Technology (NMAET)

Ministry/Department: Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare
Objective: The aim of the Mission is to restructure and strengthen agricultural extension to enable delivery of appropriate technology and improved agronomic practices to farmers.
Objective is envisaged to be achieved by a judicious mix of extensive physical outreach and interactive methods of information dissemination, use of ICT, popularisation of modern and appropriate technologies, capacity building and institution strengthening to promote mechanisation, availability of quality seeds, plant protection etc. and encourage aggregation of Farmers into Interest Groups (FIGs) to form Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs).
The Mission has four components :
  1. Sub Mission on Agriculture Extension, (SMAE)
  2. Sub Mission on Seed and Planting Material (SMSP),
  3. Sub Mission on Agricultural Mechanization (SMAM) and
  4. Sub Mission on Plant Protection and Plant Quarantine (SMPP).
What is Agriculture Extension?
Agricultural extension refers to application of scientific research and new knowledge to agricultural practices through farmer education. This includes educating the farmers towards cost effective and remunerative mechanized farming for improved productivity and sustainable farm growth.
Factual Information:
  • Started in 2014

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