PROFESSOR JAYASHANKAR TELANGANA
STATE AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY
Believing in the concept that every research scientist should also be an extension worker in serving farmers, the University works in active association and close co-operation with farmers through frequent farmer-scientist interactions joint and diagnostic field visits enabled University scientists to earn good will confidence and credibility of farmers.
In order to reinforce and strengthen this mode of approach to solve many problems and complicated issues of farmers with ease, the University reorganized its extension activities by establishing the "District Agricultural Advisory and Transfer of Technology Centers" at all the 10 district head quarters in the state, barring Hyderabad urban district during 1998. Presently each DAATT Centre has 3 scientists having specialized in crop production, Crop protection, transfer of technology and Veterinary. It is ultimately proposed to station eight scientists and each center.
The Objectives of the DAATT Centres
DAATTC-Nalgonda. Stall at Rythvsadassu in the month of May-2005 Progressive farmers gathering for FTP on SRI at DAATTC
To assess and refine the technologies generated by the research scientists and their suitability to different farming situations.
To assess the potentials of the district by developing database in order to exploit district resources and develope action plans in cooperation with line departments.
To conduct field diagnostic visit, identify the field problems and provide scientific solutions.
To organize Kisan Melas in coordination with line departments.
To extend scientific expertise to the line departments in the conduct of training programmes to officials, farmers and input agencies.
To establish linkages with research institutes and other district units.
To assist and implement the RAWE programme, internship programme and RHWE programme for Agriculture, Veterinary and Home Science students, respectively.
To maintain an useful Information Center.
To supply need based scientific/popular information to the line departments on enterprises for their printing/multiplication and distribution to the farmers.
To coordinate with All India Radio, Television and Print Media for transmission of needed agricultural information in the district.
To implement any other extension programme that may be taken by the University, from time to time, in coordination with the line departments.
DAATT Centre is an independent unit with senior member as Coordinator. The center is under the overall technical and administrative control of Associate Director of Research of the zone concerned who is in turn responsible to Director of Extension on extension activities of each district center in his jurisdiction.
Farmers training Programme on SRI Cultivation
MAJOR AREAS OF FUNCTIONING OF DAATTC
The District Agricultural Advisory and Transfer of Technology Centre (DAATTC) works mainly on Farmer-Extension-Research interaction model.The DAATTC though independent works in coordination and cooperation with the line departments to avoid any duplication of functions.
Areas of functioning of the center shall be decided by the District Coordination Committee which decides joint seasonal action plans of the center well in advance of the kharif and rabi seasons.The DAATTC concentrates on the following areas/ activities with the cooperation of line departments in the district.
b) Home Science
In brief, the idea is to entrust DAATTCs with the responsibility of all extension activities of the University namely, on the spot diagnosis and treatment of soil-related and pests and disease problems of crops, training of officials of the departments, organizing Kisan Melas , exhibitions, bringing out publication, demonstration, maintain unified information center liaisoning between University and its clientele, implementing, operating and coordinating the RAWE, RHWE, NSS, of the University.
On farm training programme
This system came into operation commencing with rabi 1998-99 and the results are highly fruitful, rewarding and upto the expectations. Already, it has received accolades from many people in the farming community.