For government agricultural sector has always been an important department.To make it best functioning new policies and advancements have always been the constant face in the agricultural department. The government find that an effective co ordination within and among the agricultural department can help farming sector to be refined.
To streamline the best inter-connection the government has constituted a Block Technology Team (BTT) with a view to consider and ensure effective co-ordination among the development activities of the department of agriculture and line departments like animal husbandry, fisheries, soil conservation, co-operation, marketing, rural development agency, and so on, under Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA), for implementation of the centrally sponsored scheme – ‘Support to State Extension Programme for Extension Reforms.’
The scheme is run under the Sub Mission on Agricultural Extension (SMAE) of the National Mission on Agricultural Extension and Technology (NMAET).
The Block Technology Team will have a zonal agricultural officer of the agriculture department as the convenor and office in-charge. The members will include block development officer or its representative, the block-level officer of the department of animal husbandry and veterinary services, the block-level representative of the fisheries department, a representative of the Registrar of Co-operative Society, and a representative of Agriculture Marketing Board.
The key functions of Block Technology Team would include operationalising the SREP on each block and moving towards single window extension system, helping district core team in upgradation of SREP, preparing block action plan detailing extension activities to be undertaken, coordinating the implementation of extension programmes detailed in the block action plan, and facilitating formation of FIGs/ FOS at the block level and below.
For functioning of the Block Technology Team (BTT), Salcete and Mormugao talukas will be considered as one block, while other talukas will have one such team each.