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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 the year 2017-18

Orientation and Capacity building of ATMA Stakeholders

  • Refresher training programs on Operationalization of Sub Mission on Agriculture Extension (ATMA) were organized to create awareness & sensitize the participants about the new guidelines for the Extension Reforms for Officers/Officials including Block Technology Managers /ABTM covering all the districts of the state and in total 71 no. of Officers/Officials BTM/ABTM attended the two training programs.

  • Departmental officers and BTT members were also trained in IT skills through trainings programme on Basic Computer Course & Advance Computer Courses. In total 3 training programs were organized which were attended by 69 participants.

  • Five exclusive training programmes were organized for farmers and farmer group leaders on Farmer Group Mobilization and Team Building , ITKs,, Institutional Development of Groups, food preservation technique for Women Groups, learning of nursery raising Technique and effect of climate change on agriculture. Total 184 nos. of participants took participation in these programmes.


Women empowerment

  • As a regular feature institute organizes exclusive programmes for women farmers and women groups on Entrepreneurship Development, HRD, and Facilitation of Business for SHG. In year 2017-18, one training of 4 days duration on Home Scale fruit & vegetable preservation was organized which was attended by total 39 No of women participants.  

  • Women officers of Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Husbandry Department participated in various courses organized by institute. In all 246 women officers/officials were trained under various training programmes.

Collaborative Programmes with National & Regional Level Institutes
SAMETI on regular basis organizes various training programmes in collaboration with National Level Institute. In the Year 2017-18. SAMETI organized following training programme in coordination with other institutes as per detail given below:

  • Two Training Programmes on Organic Farming were organized by SAMETI in collaboration with the Regional Central for Organic Farming Panchkula for the Departmental Extension Officers & 40 participants attended the training programme.

  • Training programme on "Quality Control of Fertilizers" organized by SAMETI, Shimla in collaboration with Central Fertilizers Quality Control & Training Institute, Faridabad, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmer Welfare, GOI w.e.f 4-5th July 2017 attended by the Departmental officers of the state of Himachal Pradesh.

  • SAMETI assisted in organizing PGDAEM Contact classes of 1st and 2nd semester batch 2016-17 sponsored by MANAGE Hyderabad in which 18 candidates have been enrolled. Exams were also conducted at SAMETI in the months of July and December 2017.


Work shop

  • One Workshop on Bhuwan App. Was organized at SAMETI for the Vet. Offficers By Department of Animal Husbandary On 20th May 2017 and was attended by 23 Vet. Officers.  

  • One Workshop on Bhuwan App. Was organized at SAMETI for the Vet. Offficers By Department of Animal Husbandary On 20th May 2017 and was attended by 23 Vet. Officers.  

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 Nursery raising Technique for Vegetable/ Fruit Crops w.e.f 22-24 Feb. 2018 for Departmental Officers.  

  • Training program on Integrated Pest Management 20-22 Feb. 2018 for Departmental Officers / Officials.  

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 Disease and insect pest management w.e.f 16-18 Jan. 2018 was conducted by SAMETI for Departmental Officers.

  • Training program on Soil Health Management w.e.f 22-24 Jan. 2018 was conducted by SAMETI for Departmental Officers

Farmer Training Centre Dharmshala

  • One Training Programme on project Management was organized for the first time w.e.f. 6-8 Feb 2018. by SAMETI Mashobra for the Farmers group.  

Training Programs organized by Department of Animal Husbandry, Himachal Pradesh

  • Five Orientation courses cum Training programmes were organized by the Department of Animal Husbandry, Himachal Pradesh at SAMETI for Vet. Officers/ Vet. Pharmacists of their department to orient them about the departmental schemes and programmes and their operationalization so as to increase their efficiency in job performance in the year 2017 -18 and were attended by the 141 Officers / Officials.


Capacity building of Newly recruited Departmental officers

One Orientation Training programme was organized for HEOs w.e.f 15-20 May 2017, which was attended by 21 No. of participants.

Training Programs organized by Department of Ayurveda

  • Three Training programmes on Yoga were organized by the Department of Ayurveda H.P. for their Ayurvedic Medical Officers. In which total 46 nos. of AMOs were trained in yoga field.

  • Two Trainings were organized on Nature/ Eco Guide for tourism Guide by the Department of Forest, in which 45 Tourism Guides were trained.


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 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, 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, 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, and emphasize on minimizing the risks rather than maximizing the profits.

Group Mobilization & Team Building

One Training programme was organized for the farmers group on Group Mobilization & Team Building, in the year 2017-18 and total 41 Farmers participated in the programme.

Other Programmes Organized for Officers under SSEPER
Integrated Nutrient Management for Sustainable Agriculture

Integrated Nutrient Management is the best approach for sustainable Agriculture. One Programme for INM in Sustainable Agriculture was conducted w.e.f. 25-27 July 2017 for BTT Members which was attended by 31 officers/ officials.

Managerial Skill For Extension Personals

One Programme on Managerial Skill was organized for the Extension officers w.e.f. 8th to 11th Aug 2017 and was attended by the 20 Officers.


Stress Management:

Accepting the stress management as important component of the training programmes, SAMETI organized one training programme of three days duration on stress management for the officers of Animal Husbandry, Horticulture and Agriculture from all over the state & guest faculties were Psychiatrist from IGMC, Shimla, Psychologist, Professor in Music and trainer from art of living. Sessions were held on the types of stresses and how to deal with and role of meditation, music and exercises in mitigating stresses in personal and professional life and adaptability strategies thereof. Total 41 officers participated in the programme.

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 w.e.f 17-19 July 2017 in which 29 officers participated.

ITK's In Sustainable Agriculture

One training programme on Importance of ITK's in Agriculture was also organized in the year 2017-18 at SAMETI in which 35 Farmers 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 10 batches of this diploma course at SAMETI and in the year 2016-17, 10th batch of PGDAEM was conducted at SAMETI.

Diploma in Agricultural Extension Services for Input Dealers (DAESI)

The National Institute of Agriculture Extension Management (MANAGE) had designed a one – year diploma course titled "Diploma In Agriculture Extension Services for Input Dealers (DAESI). This programme is being implemented by MANAGE through State Agriculture Management and Extension Training Institute (SAMETI) 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. Now at present seven districts are covered under this programme and during the year 2017-18 we are run three programmes in these distt.i.e. Solan, Una and Hamirpur.

Agriculture Skill Development Programme

In collaboration with Agriculture Council of India 2 courses on Skill Development namely viz, Green house Fitter and on Micro Irrigation are to be started during this year (2017-18)

Training Programmes on Extension Management & HRD Skills

One Training was organized on Extension Management & HRD Skills for BTT Members which was attended by 27 nos. of participants.

Capacity building of newly recruited Departmental officers

  • One Induction cum training programme for newly recruited ADOs and one for ATM/BTM were organized at SAMETI in the year 2017 -18 , to orient the participants about the departmental schemes and programmes and their operationalization so as to increase their efficiency in job performance. In these trainings 34 Agr. Dev. Officers and 37 ATM/BTM were trained.

  • One training programme on Revenue language was organized by the SAMETI especially for the officers/ officials working with Soil Conservation wing. The training programme was attended by 23 no. of participants.

  • One Induction cum training programme for newly recruited Junior Office Assistants were organized w.e.f 21-23 Nov. 2017 and was attended by the 23 no. of participants.

Success story Documentation

A success story shows Extension making a difference in people's 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 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 2017-18 and the same has been distributed to the stakeholders for further dissemination. Also the videos of the success stories total 10 nos, out of which 5 were documented in the year 2016-17 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 33 officers from the Departments of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry & Horticulture


SAMETI is frequently visited by the officers/farmers 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 visted the SAMETI for exposure visits.
Key information is also available on SAMETI website www.sametihp.com