The ICAR- Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute (ATARI), Umiam with its headquarters at Umiam, Meghalaya is primarily responsible for systematic coordination, monitoring and reviewing of mandated activities of KVKs such as technology assessment, refinement, demonstrations, training programmes and other extension activities in North Eastern Region of India comprising of five states, viz. Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram and Tripura In addition, the institute is also engaged in formulation and implementation of need based research projects as part of strengthening agricultural extension research and knowledge management. During the year 2016-17, the institute completed 2 (two) institute research projects besides implementing 3 (Three) externally funded research projects namely; National Innovation on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA), Attracting and Retaining Youth in Agriculture (ARYA) and Farmer FIRST Projects (FFP) besides implementing other regular activities through its 43 KVKs in the region.
The ICAR-ATARI, Umiam obtained ISO 9001:2015 for three years during 2016-17. Dr. Bidyut C. Deka, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Umiam received the Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Award for outstanding research in tribal farming system from ICAR, New Delhi in July 16, 2016. The institute also bagged the Best Stall Exhibition Award in Krishi Unnati Mela, 2017 during 15th-17th March, 2017 at IARI, New Delhi. Scientists of the ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Umiam during 2016-17 published 18 research articles in prestigious national and international research journals. Recently, the institute brought out a publication entitled Technology Inventory for Northeast India incorporating the technologies developed by AAU, CAU, ICAR Complex and other ICAR Institutes of the region besides three other publications. In the Institute, the online reporting system has been made mandatory for submission of all reports by KVKs including release of fund to the KVKs as part of Digital India initiative of the Government of India. The institute also serves as feedback mechanism to research and extension systems while maintaining a very close liaison with ICAR headquarters and has made significant progress in research, capacity building and other extension activities.
Through this web site, an attempt has been made to highlight the various activities of the institute in a comprehensive manner for the benefit of policy makers, decision makers, research institutes, extension workers, KVKs and other stakeholders including farmers in the region. I express my sincere thanks and gratitude to Shri J. Wahlang, ACTO and Shri Worshim Mahongnao, DEO in updating the website within a stipulated time period.
Dr. Bidyut. C. Deka,