Self - reliance through eco-friendly entrepreneurship

St. Joseph’s Agricultural Training Centre (SJATC)-RRTC, evolved into existence after several years of study and experimentation, as an answer to the critical problems that challenge the vast majority of the rural population of the North Eastern Region. It translates into reality its vision and philosophy ‘development through empowerment of the people’ focusing on land resources and livestock management.

SJATC-RRTC is situated at Umran, a little village along the Guwahati-Shillong Highway (GS Road) approximately about 68 kilometers away from Guwahati and 35 kilometers away from Shillong the state capital of Meghalaya. The Centre, scenically situated on a little hillock surrounded by lush green vegetation, fish ponds, natural forests, well-maintained nurseries and gardens with lawns, ornamental plants and varieties of herbal plants for training and propagation.

Infrastructure Available:

» Ample and well-furnished residential quarters
» Well-equipped Training Rooms and Conference Halls
» Latest audio-visual aids
» Rural Technology Park (RTP)
» Training cum Exhibition Hall
» Hatchery for fish fingerlings


Thrust Area (Area of Expertise) of the Centre/Organization past experienced in the field:

St. Joseph’s Agricultural Training Centre (SJATC)-RRTC reaches out all the tribes of the Northeast India, especially school dropouts youth and rural farmers for skill development in specific area for improvement of their income and to maintain a sustainable livelihood. SJATC-RRTC has rich experience, grass root as well as providing Skills training in the Concept of Organic Farming, Livestock Management, Agriculture Management and Appropriate Technology. It also provides skills upgradation training to own Staff, NGO Staff and others involved in the promotion of Organic Farming concept and for Income Generation. It has its own innovative model called ‘Family Unit’, where a family of 5 members can utilize its own land & resources in a very cost effective manner without bringing external inputs. It has an in-house Livestock experts, trained & experienced staff in this field, which is again the strength of the organization. It has now in the fifteen year of its field experience.

Agriculture is another area of expertise. It has trained personnel to innovate & disseminate the technology for cultivation of various crops with ‘Organic Farming’ concept to farmers.

Preservation & Conservation of natural biological & botanical diversities, Entrepreneurship and Organic Farming is the backbone of the Society – SJATC-RRTC believes. It runs regular Skills training on Livestock Management, Agriculture Management, Fishery and Beekeeping.

It has technically trained personnel to run the programme smoothly.

SJATC-RRTC Resources

» Well-qualified and dedicated staff, including Livestock experts and Agricultural experts
» Natural forests dominated by sal, gamari and pine trees
» Agro-Horti & Flori Nursery
» Agricultural lands for tubers, spices and vegetables
» Fish ponds for pisiculture and fish seed production
» Vermicomposting Module
» Healing (herbal) garden for awareness, preservation and training
» Water resources – perennial rivers of Umpih, Wah Khon, Umsarang, Umshyrwat and an artificial lake
» Livestock – pig, rabbit and goat rearing units, poultry & dairy units
» Organic Farm
» Hatchery for fish fingerlings
» Family unit Model

St. Joseph’s ATC-RRTC is deeply involved in Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Development Programme. Imparting Skills Development is a major activity at St. Joseph’s ATC-RRTC.

Some of the activities include:

» Rural Entrepreneurship Development Programme (REDP)
» Livestock Management
» Animal Health Care
» Appropriate Technology (mud block making)
» Fishery Management
» Plant Propagation
» Land and Water Management
» Organic Farming
» Crop & Spice cultivation, Nursery Management
» Integrated Farming
» Horticulture
» Compost making
» Floriculture
» Goat rearing
» Food Processing
» Bee Keeping
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