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The ICAR - Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute (ATARI) (erstwhile Zonal Project Directorate, Zone-III) for North Eastern Region is located at the ICAR Research Complex for NEICAR Research Complex for NEH Region,Umiam BarapaniH Region, Umiam, (Barapani) in Meghalaya state. The Umiam is located near the Umiam (Barapani) lake enroute to Shillong from Guwahati. The Shillong airport is just 6 km from the ATARI , ICAR Complex and well connected by road from Guwahati and Shillong.
The ATARI is responsible for the implementation of Transfer of Technology Projects of ICAR in the North Eastern Region of the country. The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) mooted the idea of establishing Krishi Vigyan Kendra (Farm Science Centre) as innovative institution for imparting trainings to the practising farmers, school drop-outs and field level extension functionaries, which would help in accelerating the agricultural production and also improving socio-economic conditions of the farming community. 
The ATARI, Umiam (Barapani), one of the eight zones of India under the Transfer of Technology Project of ICAR comprises of eight North Eastern States namely; Arunachal Pradesh, Assam , Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram, Tripura and Sikkim. Agriculture is the primary occupation in the region with over 80% of the population directly and indirectly depending on it and majority of the farmers are small and marginal. Presently, there are 90 districts spread over eight states with total number of 78 sanctioned and functioning KVKs as on 1st April, 2015. The mandates of Zonal Project Directorate are as follows

  • To formulate, implement, monitor and evaluate the transfer of technology pICAR Research Complex for NEH Region,Umiam Barapanirojects.

  • To coordinate the works relating to TOT projects with various agencies such as Directorate of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry of the States, State Agricultural Universities (SAUs), ICAR institutes, Voluntary Agencies and Development Departments.

  • To coordinate with State/ Central Government Agencies, Credit Institutions and any other organization for successful implementation of the programmes.

  • To serve as feedback mechanism from the projects to research and extension systems.

  • To help in implementation of other projects ( Front Line Demonstration) on oilseeds, pulses and food grains biological control etc. assigned by ICAR headquarter.

  • To have a very close liaison with ICAR headquarters particularly Deputy Director General (Agril. Extension ) and his staff and prepare reports/ write ľup for their use

  • Perform other activities needed for implementation of assigned programmes.

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