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SAMETI is situated at Craignano Mashobra at a distance of 15 Kms. from Shimla is a newly flourishing institute developed by strengthening Agriculture Extension Training Center of Department of Agriculture H.P. This institute was initially established as an extension training center in 1953. In the year 1971, the Centre was taken over by Agriculture department which conducted the Trainings for village level functionaries of agriculture, Horticulture Department as well as functionaries of Rural Development Departments. Later on training activities were concentrated in Agriculture field and the Centre was renamed as Agriculture Extension Training Centre in the year 1992, till the inception of NATP Project. The Agriculture Extension Training Centre Mashobra Shimla-7 was identified to be strengthened and upgraded as State Agricultural Management And Extension Training Institute Under NATP.

The institute is an autonomous body with greater flexibility in structural and operational aspects. To boost the activities under NATP project the institute was registered on 27-01-2000  under Societies Registration  Act ,1860 as  State Agricultural Management & Extension Training Institute to cater the HRD needs of all Line Departments with reference to Management Communication and Information Technology.

 The SAMETI is catering the training needs on various aspects of capacity building with more emphasis on management aspects, viz. participatory methodology, team building etc. than the technological aspects.      

Achievements of SAMETI HP in the year 2016-17

Orientation and Capacity building of ATMA Stakeholders

  • Refresher training programs on Operationalization of Sub Mission on Agriculture Extension (ATMA) to create awareness & sensitize the participants about the new guidelines for the Extension Reforms were organized for Officers/Officials including GB,FAC Members Block Technology Managers covering all the districts of the state and in total 144 Officers/Officials BTM/ABTM attended the five training programs.

  • Departmental officers and BTT members were also trained in IT skills through trainings on Basic Computer Course & Advance Computer Courses. In total 3 training programs were organized which were attended by 47 participants.

  • Eight exclusive trainings were organized for farmers and farmer group leaders on Farmer Group Mobilization and Team Building, HRD, Institutional Development of Groups, Facilitation of Business Groups


Women empowerment

  • As a regular feature institute organizes exclusive programmes for women farmers and women groups on Entrepreneurship Development, HRD, Facilitation of Business for SHG’s.In total 6 No of training programs were organized for women farmers totaling 188. In year 2016-17, one training on Home Scale fruit & vegetable preservation was organized. 

  • Women officers of Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Husbandry Department participated in various courses organized by institute and one course on Stress Management was exclusively organized for them. In all 169 women officers/officials were trained under various training programmes.


Extension programs were originally conceived as a service to “extend” research-based knowledge to the rural sector in order to improve the lives of farmers. Extension thus included components of technology transfer, broader rural development goals, management skills, and nonformal education. The traditional view of extension in developing countries was very much focused on increasing production, improving yields, training farmers, and transferring technology. Today’s understanding of extension goes beyond technology transfer to facilitation, beyond training to learning, and includes helping farmers form groups, deal with marketing issues, and partner with a broad range of service providers and other agencies. Agricultural extension can thus be defined as the entire set of organizations that support people engaged in agricultural production and facilitate their efforts to solve problems; link to markets and other players in the agricultural value chain; and obtain information, skills, and technologies to improve their livelihoods. The training of extension personnel contributes directly to the development of human resources within extension organizations. "Training programmes are directed towards maintaining and improving current job performance, while development programmes.

Training Programmes on Extension Management & HRD Skills

  • In total Nine Training Programs were organized on Extension Management & HRD Skills .Two training programs were organized for BTT Members and seven trainings were organized for farmers of districts Kangra, Kinnaur & Shimla districts

Capacity building of Newly recruited Departmental officers

  • One Induction cum training programmes for newly recruited HEO's & / were organized to orient them about the departmental schemes and programmes and their operationalization so as to increase their efficiency in job performance in the year 2016 -17 in which 34 Officers were trained at SAMETI.

Colloborative Programmes with National & Regional Level Institutes

  • Training programme on Agricultural Marketing-New Paradigms was organized by MANAGE, Hyderabad w.e.f 2-6 August, 2016 attended by the 30 extension officers of the state of Himachal Pradesh

  • Training programme on "Quality Control of Fertilizers" organized by SAMETI, Shimla in collaboration with Central Fertlizers Quality Control & Training Institute, Faridabad, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmer Welfare, GOI w.e.f 27-29 June, 2016 attended by the 19 extension officers of the state of Himachal Pradesh

  • SAMETI assisted in organizing PGDAEM Contact classes of 1st and 2nd semester batch 2014-15 sponsored by MANAGE Hyderabad in which 6 candidates have been enrolled. Exams were also conducted at SAMETI in the months of July and December 2016.



  • Two day workshop on Geotagging of RKVY Assets-Bhuvan App was organized w.e.f 21-22February 2017 in which 40 Officers of Department of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Horticulture and fisheries participated. In the workshop the faculty was from National Remote Sensing Centre, ISRO, Bangalore which have developed the mobile application.

  • Two day Training cum Workshop on Citizen Centric Governance(SEVOTTAM) was organized at SAMETI, Mashobra w.e.f 4-5 October, 2016 for the officers of Department of Horticulture.

  • Two day Training cum Workshop on RTI & Service Guarantee Act was organized at SAMETI, Mashobra w.e.f 26-27 August, 2016 for the officers of Department of Agriculture.


Off Campus Training Programs And Other Departments Trainings

Training Programs organized by Dr.Y. S Parmar University of Horticulture & Forestry, Nauni, Solan in collaboration with SAMETI.

Following training programs were organized at UHF, Nauni for the BTT Members and the Farmers

  • Training program on Market Led Extension w.e.f 8-10 November, 2016 for the BTT Members including BTM/ATMs.

  • Training program on Nursery Raising Techniques of Vegetable & Fruit Crops w.e.f 8-10 March, 2017 for the farmers.

Training Programs organized by CSK HP Agricultural University, Palampur in collaboration with SAMETI.

Following training programs were organized at CSK HPKV for officers from the Department of Agriculture:

  • Training program on Soil & Water Conservation w.e.f 23-25 February, 2017..

  • Training program on Soil Health Management w.e.f 14-16 March, 2017.

  • Training program on Crop Management(Vegetable) In Polyhouse. w.e.f 20-22 March, 2017.

Training Programs organized by Department of Animal Husbandry, Himachal Pradesh

Four Training programmes were organized by the Department of Animal Husbandry, Himachal Pradesh for officers/officials of their department on Online Submission of Monthly/Quarterly/Annual Reports on the AGiSAC Portal

Training Programs organized by Department of Horticulture, Himachal Pradesh

Four Training programmes were organized by the Department of Horticulture, Himachal Pradesh for officers of their department on Revenue Languages & Measurements, Organic Farm Management, Citizens Charter & Induction Programme for newly Recruited HEO's

Training Programs organized by Department of Treasuries, Accounts & Lotteries

Four Training programmes were organized by the Department of Treasuries, Accounts & Lotteries, Himachal Pradesh for newly recruited computer operators of their department on HPOLTIS.

Training programmes on Stress management , Gender Sensitization & ITK's In Sustainable Agriculture

Stress and its management

Stress is an inseparable part of human existence. It affects all individuals rich and poor, literate and illiterate, both men and women and young and the old alike across the developed and developing nations. Stress and its effects on humans has been well understood and attempts are constantly being made to promote the well being of them by organizing stress management programs at periodic intervals in both Governmental and Non Governmental sectors.

Why Gender ?

Gender roles, gender relations, gender discrimination, gender equality, gender equity, gender analysis, gender balance, gender mainstreaming – over the past decade, all of those terms have been accepted into declarations, plans of action, policies, programmes and projects for agriculture and rural development. Accepted, but not always fully understood. For some, the stumbling block is the word "gender", a relatively recent concept in social science. "Gender" refers not to male and female, but to masculine and feminine - that is, to qualities or characteristics that society ascribes to each sex. People are born female or male, but learn to be women and men. Perceptions of gender are deeply rooted, vary widely both within and between cultures, and change over time. But in all cultures, gender determines power and resources for females and males. Meeting world food needs in the future will depend increasingly on addressing issues related to gender and on strengthening the capabilities and resources of women. Approximately 98 percent of rural women classified as economically active are engaged in agriculture and are the primary food producers in many parts of the world. As men leave their rural homes in search of paid employment in towns and cities, the role of women in agricultural production becomes increasingly dominant. Yet women typically have unequal rights, and limited access to resources and opportunities.

ITK's In Agriculture

The indigenous Technical Knowledge (ITK) system has been developed by the people based on their experiences and continuous improvement through informal experimentation over centuries. These ITKs are interwoven and assimilated in the cultural life of the people. India has one of the largest collections of ancient manuscript in the world, which includes 14 sastras, 4 vedas, 4 upvedas and 6 branches of vedangas. The advent of the concept of sustainability in Indian agricultural scenario has invoked interest on indigenous technical knowledge that has the element use of natural products to solve problems pertaining to agriculture and allied activities. ITKs are based on experience, often tested over a long period of use, adapted to local culture and environment, dynamic and changing, and lays emphasis on minimizing the risks rather than maximizing the profits.


Stress Management:

Accepting the stress management as important component of the training programmes, SAMETI organized one three day training programme on stress management exclusively for the Women officers from the state & guest faculties were Psychiatrist from IGMC, Shimla, Psychologist, physiotherapist and trainer from art of living. Sessions were held on the types of stresses and how to deal with and role of meditation and exercises in mitigating stresses in personal and professional life and adaptability strategies thereof.

Gender Sensitization

Gender Mainstreaming is key to the sustainable agriculture and underlying the Importance of Gender in Agriculture one training programme was organized for the officers of the departments of agriculture and allied sectors in which 21 officers participated.

ITK's In Sustainable Agriculture

One training programme on Importance of ITK's in Agriculture was also organized at SAMETI in which 26 Farmer Group Leaders and progressive farmers of the state participated.

National Level Diploma Courses Being Implemented By SAMETI Himachal Pradesh

Post Graduate Diploma Programme in Agricultural Extension Management (PGDAEM)

National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE), Hyderabad has launched the Post Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Extension Management in the academic year 2007-08 especially for the public extension functionaries in distance learning mode with the mission To Transform the Public Extension Functionaries into Professional Cadre of Farm Advisors. The programme is sponsored by Dept. of Agriculture and Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India. The broad objectives of the Diploma programme are to enhance the techno-managerial competence of extension functionaries; To acquaint the extension functionaries on the latest developments in the field of agricultural extension; to equip the extension functionaries in latest tools and techniques for participatory decision making; to develop an insight into various extension models to enrich the agri - value chain. The duration of the programme is of one-year, spread over in two Semesters with 32 credit loads, each credit load is equal to 30 work hours. In each Semester contact classes are held at SAMETI / an identified institute. The SAMETI has conducted 9 batches of this diploma course at SAMETI and in the year 2016-17, 9th batch of PGDAEM was conducted at SAMETI.

Diploma in Agricultural Extension Services for Input Dealers (DAESI)

In India, there are about 2.82 lakh practicing agri-input dealers, who are the prime source of farm information to the farming community. The first contact point for majority of farmers is the agri-input dealer. While purchasing different inputs required for farming operations, the farmer naturally tries to find out from the input dealer about the usage of inputs, both in terms of quality and quantity. However, most of these input dealers do not have formal agricultural education. If these input dealers can be shaped as para-extension professionals by providing requisite knowledge, they can professionalise extension services and contribute to bring a paradigm shift in Indian Agriculture.

It is in this context, the National Institute of Agriculture Extension Management (MANAGE) had designed a one-year diploma course titled ‘Diploma in Agricultural Extension Services for Input Dealers (DAESI)', which imparts relevant and location-specific agricultural education to equip these input dealers with sufficient knowledge to transform them into para-extension professionals so as to enable them to address the day-to-day problems being faced by the farmers at field level. The program is being implemented by MANAGE through State Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institutes (SAMETIs). The Department of Agriculture and Cooperation & Farmers' Welfare (DAC & FW), GoI, will subsidize the course fee (50%) to the extent of 10,000/- per Input dealer. However, where Agribusiness companies are involved, the company will contribute Rs.10, 000/- and the balance Rs.10, 000/- will be contributed equally by DAC and Input Dealer @ Rs.5000/- each. In Himachal Pradesh, first batch of 40 Input Dealers of District Mandi has been started at Farmer's Training Centre, Sundernagar, which is Nodal Training Institute for the course in the year 2016-17.The programme was inaugurated on 9th February, 2017.


Success story Documentation

A success story shows Extension making a difference in peopless lives. More than a list of events or activities, it describes a positive change and shows how that change benefits the people.

Why write success stories?

  • To show accountability for public funds.

  • To verify that we are using resources to make a positive difference in people's lives.

  • To share successes so individuals in and out of Extension can learn from our results.

  • To spread the word about Extension as a valuable resource.

  • To show that numbers alone don't tell the whole story of Extension.

  • To reflect and learn from our work.

  • To practice good scholarship.

In scheme Extension Reforms(ATMA) documentation of success stories is given a great importance and this institute has video documented success stories of five successful farmers.

  • Five Success stories of farmers on video form have been documented in the year 2016-17 and the same has been distributed the stakeholders for further dissemination. Also the videos of the success stories are available on the SAMETI website www.sametihp.com which can be viewed any time.

  • SAMETI organized one workshop cum training programme on the Success Story Documentation attended by 13 officers from the Departments of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry & Horticulture


SAMETI is frequently visited by the officers/farmers/Students from various states of the country under various programmes and the inter-state visits under SSEPER schemes. These year the officers & the farmers from the State of Haryana and Punjab and students from Tamil Nadu visited the SAMETI for exposure visits.