LEADS (Lead Farmer Centered Extension Advisory and Delivery Services)

In order to strengthen the agricultural extension in the state, a concept of frontier extension system revolving around Lead Farmer – Satellite Farmer, organised on an Agro Ecological Zone based strategy is being implemented in Kollam, Palakkad and Kannur districts.

Objectives of the project are:

  • Utilize the potential of Lead Farmers for transfer of technology.
  • Address field level problems of selected farmers through the support of regular field visit by technical officers.
  • Introduce a regular and systematic field visit oriented extension system in the state.
  • Intervene and advice farmers through the preparation of monthly technology advice with the support of KVK, Research Stations and development specialists.
  • Generation of location specific technologies through PTD.
  • Facilitating expert level consultation through audio conferencing.
  • Enhance technical knowledge of field level technical officers.

ATMA (Agricultural Technology Management Agency)

Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) is a registered society of key stakeholders involved in agricultural activities for sustainable agricultural development in the district. It is the focal point for integrating Research and Extension activities and decentralizing day-to-day management of the public Agricultural Technology system (ATS).

ATMA covers the activities in Agriculture and allied sectors adopting a farming systems approach and convergence of programmes of related departments and institutions. In Kerala ATMA is an autonomous institution formed and registered at district level under Travancore – Cochin Literary Scientific Charitable Societies Act 1955.The ATMA has two bodies viz ATMA Governing board and ATMA Managing committee. It operates under the guidance of a Governing Board (GB) that determines programme priorities and access the programme impact. The executive head of ATMA is known as the Project Director and reports directly to the ATMA Governing Board.

Functions of ATMA

  • Strategic Planning
  • Networking and Co-ordination
  • Integrated extension delivery
  • Information Management
  • Farmer facilitation and empowerment
  • Training and capacity building
  • Fund Management
  • Participatory Technology Development
  • Monitoring and Evaluation

ATMA at the district level is responsible for all the technology dissemination activities. It maintains a link with all the allied line departments, research organizations, NGOs and other agencies associated with agricultural development in the district. Thus research and extension units within the district such as Zonal Research Stations or substations, Krishi Vyvyan Kendras and the key line Departments of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, Sericulture, Agro industries etc would constitute members of ATMA.


Contact Info

Directorate of Agriculture
Vikas Bhavan,
Thiruvananthapuram-695 033
Kerala, India.
0471 - 2304480, 2303990.


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