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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 2019-20

Natural Farming System

Natural farming is an ecological farming approach. In India, natural farming is often referred to as 'Rishi Kheti', which is based on ancient Vedic Principles of farming like the use of animal waste and herbal juices for controlling pests and promoting growth of plants. Natural Farming to provide chemical free food, fruits and vegetables to the citizens.

SAEMTI has conducted training programme and one workshop on Natural Farming and Doubling of farmer's income for Agriculture Officers of ATMA functionaries as well as progressive farmers. Total 355 numbers of participants have been trained under this programme successfully in the state.

The main objectives of this programme are as Follows:-
  • To train the ATMA Officers about ZBNF/SPNF (PD, DPD, SMS, BTM & ATM  

  • To focus on the drawbacks of chemical fertilizer and pesticides used in field.  

  • To aware on health consciousness.  

  • To train on SPNF and various formulations used under the scheme so that cost of inputs could be minimized.  

  • To give demonstration on SPNF for growing healthy crops. To familiarize the farmers with the success of SPNF  

The main objectives of this programme are as Follows:-
  • Orientation cum Induction course for ADOs and HDOs and ATMA Functioneries One orientation cum induction programme for newly recruited ADO's was organized at SAMETI Mashobra w.e.f 22-30 April 2019. In this programme 23 officers were oriented regarding the Departmental Schemes, Programmes, Minnsions Projects, Departmental Acts and Rules , Services Rules and its implementation. Main objective of this progarmme was to increase the efficiency of officers to prove the best during their service in the Department.  

  • Two orientation cum induction programme for newly recruited HDO's sponsored by Deptt. of Horticulture was organized SAMETI Mashobra w.e.f 2-7 Sept. and 20 -21 Sept. 2019 In this programme 55 officers were orient them regarding the Departmental Schemes, Programmes, Minnsions Projects, Departmental Acts and Rules , Services Rules and its implementation. Main objective of this progarmme was to increase the efficiency of officers to prove the best during their service in the Department.  

  • Two number induction programme were organized for BTM/ ATM (ATMA Functionaries) to orient them about the operationalization of Sub Mission on Agriculture Extension (SMAE) and SPNF to create awareness & sensitize the participants about the new guidelines for the Extension Reforms and to increase their efficiency in job performance. The training conducted in the month of Feb & March 2020 at SAMETI Mashobra in which 92 participants attended thi program.  

Computer Course/ Account Management & Tally Application.

Capacity building of BTT Members & ATMA functionaries was also trained in IT skills through training programme on Advance Computer Course and Tally application. Total 2 No. trainings organized which were attended by 44 Nos. participants

The main objectives of computer and Tally Application programem are as below:-
  • To orient & train the participants about the basic use of computers viz. introduction to operating system and its fundamentals.  

  • To improve the skill of the Participants in computer application.  

  • To demonstrate proficiency in problem-solving techniques using the computer.  

  • To impart knowledge regarding concepts of Financial Accounting through Tally is an accounting package which is used for maintaining accounts  

  • Introduction to Voucher Screen of Tally, Voucher Header, Voucher Body, How to Save Voucher, How to Modify saved voucher, How to Print Voucher online, What is a Payment Voucher, What is a Receipt Voucher, What is a Contra Vouchers, etc.  

Feedback of participants
  • These programme should continue in future.  

  • It is very use to officers/ officials in offices as well as in the fields  

  • The faculty shared their related experiences to guide us to respond to a particular situation in an appropriate manner.  

  • The programme gave a lot of confidence through practical and positive attitude to perform the bet.  

Extension Management & Human Resource Development Skills

One number training programme was sponsored by SAMETI w.e.f. 18- 20 Dec. 2019 (3 days) organized at SAMETI, Mashobra for BTT Members of state. Total 14 Nos. Agriculture Officers has been trained under this programme.  

The main objectives of Extension Management & HRD and Organic Farming
  • To increase the efficiency of extension Management through learning of motivational and Managerial skills by participants. 

  • To bring improvement in extension skills through better understanding of social and personnel behavioral aspects  

  • To increase the technology dissemination skills of extension officers. 

  • To expose the participants to extension reforms and new approaches.  

  • To promote organic farming techniques and concept. 

Feedback of participants
  • The reading material and teaching techniques were the best. The faculties made us learn through interactive games and activities.  

  • It also helped to change a person's attitude towards tackling life problems. 

  • Good platform to open up. All positive waves felt. Faculties are humble and friendly.  

  • Boarding & lodging facilities provide by this institution are appreciable.  

Stress Management

Accepting the stress management as an important component of the training programmes, SAMETI organized one training programme w.e.f. 26-29 June 2019 of four days duration on stress management for the officers of Animal Husbandry, Horticulture and Agriculture from all over the state. Total 18 Nos. officers participated in this programme.  

The main objectives of Stress Management as following:-
  • To provide both a good understanding of stress and its effects, and practical and realistic tools ideas for reducing workplace stress, enhancing wellbeing and improving work.  

  • Managing Work-Life balance  

  • Evaluating stress levels and dealing stress with positivity.  

  • To learn about the sources and symptoms of different types of stress and its remedial.  

Feedback of participants
  • It is very useful and essential to officers/ officials in offices as well as in the fields  

  • The faculty shared their valuable experiences to guide us to respond to a particular situation in an appropriate manner.  

  • The programme gave a lot of confidence through practical and positive for dealingwith the prevailing  

Gender Sensitization

"Gender" refers not to male and female, but to Masculine and Feminine - that is, qualities or Characteristics that society ascribes to each sex. The training areas includes Gender roles, gender relations, gender discrimination, gender equality, gender analysis, gender balance,gender mainstreaming.  

Objectives of Gender Sensitization programme are as following:-
  • To create gender sensitivity to a broad range of gender issues related to Agriculture development  

  • To create awareness on gender concepts and approaches for analyzing roles needs of farm women in Agriculture  

  • To make understand gender concerns and fine tune the developmental programmes for gender perspective  

Feedback of participants
  • Gender concept was dealt in detail.  

  • Role of gender mainstreaming in the development of nation and economy was brought into limelight.  

  • Good discussions were held keeping in view the role of gender mainstreaming in plans of action, policies, programmes and projects for agriculture and rural development  

Project Management for Agriculture and Horticulture Officres

Project management as the process of planning and executing the conception, promotion and distribution of ideas, in order to create and satisfy individual and organizational.  

The main objectives of Marketing Management for Extension Functionaries as following:-
  • To provide remunerative prices to farmers for inducing them to increase the production both in quantitative and qualitative terms.  

  • To promote an orderly marketing of agricultural produce by improving the Infrastructural facilities.  

Feedback of participants
  • The reading material and teaching techniques were the best.  

  • It also helped to change a persons attitude  

  • Towards tackling life problems.  

  • Faculties are humble and friendly.  

  • To appreciate the boarding & lodging facilities provided by this institution.  

New Treasury Rules & Application Software

SAEMTI has conducted 12 Nos. Training Programmes on New Treasury Rules & Application Software for Treasury Officers/Official. Total 427 Nos. Participants have been trained under this programme successfully in state.  

The main objectives of New Treasury Rules & its Application Software as following:-
  • To update the participants about the various amendments of Treasury Rules.  

  • To improve the skills of participants in computer application.  

  • To increase the efficiency to resolve various treasury issues.  

Training Programmes on New Treasury Rules for Departmental officers/ officials
Feedback of participants
  • It is very needful to officers/ officials in respective offices.  

  • The faculty shared their experiences to guide us to respond to a particular situation in an appropriate manner.  

  • The programme gave a lot of confidence through practical and positive energy to implement the new Treasury Rules,  

Training Programme for Horticulture Extension Offices

Department of Horticulture to sponsored 1 number training programmes on Record/Book Keeping on PCDOs for their departmental extension officers w.e.f. 27-29 May 2019 organized at SAMETI, Mashobra. To enhance the capacity of departmental officers in office management Total 19 Nos. participants were attended the said programme. and  

The Department of Horticulture other three programmes were organized under Himachal Pradesh Hort. Development Project in the month of August, December 2019 and Feb. 2020, like Cluster Development Plans (Irrigation), other one special programme for AE/JE /Draughtsman on BRICS CAD and one workshop to organized for the Facilitators of this project Total 116 Nos. Participants have been trained under this project successfully in state.  

Other Collaborative Programmes with National & Regional Level Institutes

SAMETI on regular basis organizes various training programmes in collaboration with National Level Institute. In the Year 2019-20 SAMETI organized following training programme in coordination with other institutes as per detail given below:  

4 number programmes were sponsored by NIAM

Agriculture Marketing Infrastructure is an important component for Agriculture Marketing. To sensitize extension functionaries and farmer of the State, SAMETI has organized 4 Nos. training programmes (off campus) in collaboration with NIAM Jaipur, for the famers of state in different districts i.e. Solan, Bilaspur, Sirmour and Mandi.  

One Training Programme on BSM -cum- Workshop on Agriculture Export Policy was organized by DAHP at SAMETI in collaboration with APEDA on 14 Nov. 2019 for the department of Agriculture Officers/ FPOs and Farmers of state total 180 participants attended the said training cum workshop. The main objective of the workshop was to train Agriculture Officers/ FPOs and Farmers to develop optimum flexible consumer packages for selected dehydrated food products which would extend the shelf-life of the product and retain its quality of freshness. This would help the processors/packers to market the products for a longer period and distribute to distant places as well as to export the products.They were also advised for developing transport pack for suitable numbers of consumer packs and draw the specification details and to develop a direct bulk packaging systems for selected dehydrated/freeze-dried products and draw specification details. 

Orientation cum Training programem on "e-NAM for Mandi Analyst and e-Nam Staff” sponsored by Himachal; Pradesh State Agriculture Marketing Board Khalni Shimla at SAMETI, w.e.f 20-21 Dec. 2019. Total 28 Nos. marketing board staff attended this programme. 

Departmental Trainings and Training Programme for other Stakeholders
Promoting Farmers Producers Organization Issues and Challenges

A Training Programme on Promoting Farmers Producers Organization Issues and Challenges was sponsored by DAHP Shimla organized at SAEMTI Mashobra on 14-16 October 2019 for the department of Agriculture officers total 22 officers participated in the programme. 

The main objective of an FPO is to ensure better income for the producers through an organization of their own. Small producers do not have the large marketable surplus individually (both inputs and produce) to get the benefit of economies of scale. 

Besides, in agricultural marketing, there is a long chain of intermediaries who very often work non-transparently leading to the situation where the producer receives only a small part of the value that the ultimate consumer pays. The participants gave positive feedback on the training programme and found it suitable for motivating farmers to form FPOs so that they could avail credit facilities of NABARD. 

Training Programme on E- Application

Training Programme on E- Application w.e.f.16-17 March 2020 organized at SAMETI Mashobra by District Panchayat office Shimla for Panchayat Secretary of different districts to train them about the E- applications for efficient working in Panchayat. They were also requested to keep their IT Skills updated for better use of E -Application.

Workshop on PKKKY

Farmers Meet cum Workshop on PKKKY was organized on 05-12-2019 at SAMETI by the DAHP Shimla. Where in farmers more than 270 Nos. from various districts of the state along with extension functionaries participated. Honble Governor of Himachal Pradesh was the Chief Guest of workshop and Honble Agriculture Minister Dr. Ram Lal Markanda was also present. Farmers were urged to revert to Natural Farming and Extension Functionaries were advised to motivate and facilitate farmers for adoption of Natural Farming under SPNF. 

Diploma in Agriculture Extension Services for Inputs 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.  

DAESI 1st Batch 2018-19 Distt- Shimla NTI Centre at SAEMTI
DAESI 2nd Batch 2019-20 Distt- Bilaspur Inaugurated by Director SAEMTI
DAESI 2nd Batch 2019-20 Distt- Mandi at FTC Sunder Nagar Inaugurated by Director SAEMTI

Now, at present seven districts are covered under this programme and during the year 2018-19 & 19-20 we have run six programmes in these Districts i.e. - Bilaspur, Una, Shimla, Kullu, Kangra & Mandi. 

Modernization of SAMETI Farm & Development as Model Demonstration farm on SPNF

The Prime Minister visualizes to empower the farmers by doubling their income to make agriculture an attractive and sustainable enterprise.  

Subhash Paleker Natural Farming (SPNF) offers a way out to achieve this aim and it is the most desired system to replace this chemical based intensive agriculture. 

THimachal Pradesh Govt. has launched SPNF in state to adopt the concept of PKKKY by reducing heavy dependence on chemical fertilizers or pesticides and to achieve the target of doubling famer’s income upto 2022. SAMETI has to play an important role. This institute is an autonomous body with greater flexibility in structural and operational aspects. It imparts quality training to Officers of Agriculture, stake holders and other departments at State as well National Level.  

To showcase various natural farming activities at field level SAMETI is in the process of developing its farm  

As Model Demonstration Farm under Subhash Paleker Natural Farming (SPNF). The farm area has been marked Separately for agricultural crops as well as temperate horticulture crops.The farm will serve as Model Farm and motivate various extension functionaries to learn naturalfarming practices and disseminate the same to farmer of the state.  

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 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. 

  • Three Success stories of farmers on video form have been documented in the year 2019-20 and the same has been distributed to the stakeholders for further dissemination.  

  • The videos of the Success Stories documented are available on the SAMETI website www.sametihp.com which can be viewed any time.  

Visits

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 personalities from Ministry Govt. of India and 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 

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