The Association was registered as per G.O. (MS) 168/PD dt. 19/02/58.
1958 to 1966
Growth period of the Association – Let us not forget the founder Architects of the Association Sarvasree T.N.V. Bhattathirippad, K.R. Nair, P.C. Sahadevan, P.D. Nair, Dr. M.S. Nair, M.R.K. Nair & Colleagues.
Organised a series of Seminars in all districts starting with Alleppey on 11.11.1967.
Attained organised stability. Protested against the professional dilution and intrution of non-agricultural graduates and organised a mass rally on 08-08-1968.
Mobilised rank and file against continued neglect of the profession under the able leadership of Veterans Sarvasree C. K. Korukutty, V.G. Manomohan, P.G. Mathew, P.N.K. Unnithan, C. Ramarkishna Pillai, R. Hali & Dr. V.S.S. Potti. First Agitation through direct action. Organised procession and Satyagraha in front of the secretariat on 07-03-1969. Persuaded the government to recognise the critical role of Agricultural Officers in the food front and Agricultural Officers were grouped as class II Officers.
Successfully fought against the detrimental clauses in the Agricultural University ordinance in February – March 1967 and the Govt. accepted the Department of Agriculture as the nodal agency for Agricultural Extension Services in Kerala. Introduction of single line administration in the State Department of Agriculture by withdrawing Agricultural Officers tram the Community Development Blocks. I.P.D. units known as “Elas” were formed inthe State by accepting the concept of area development.
The Association started printing and publishing of Agriculture Diary and Kannimannu.
1973 to 1980
The Association secured land and started construction of Branch Offices in Kottayam,to Trissur, Alappuzha and Kollam. A higher grade in the ratio of 1:3 was sanctioned in August 1976 as per G.O. (MS) 266/AD dt. 08-06-1976. Our long standing demand for professional parity was presented before the Chandrabhanu Commission in 1978 highlighting the scientific and hightech nature of the education, practices and duration of the course.
Systematic and dynamic action was initiated and forced the Government to introduce the T&V System in few districts on an experimental basis.
T&V System introduced in all districts. Appointed Joint Director as district head. T&V System created more job opportunities and established a well knit structural set up for the department.
Professional parity was disturbed by the Gopalan Nambiar Commission. Resorted to Multipronged action to redress the grievances. Delegation of powers to the various categories of officers were enhanced.
One Krishibhavan in each Panchayat, the long cherished goal of the Association right from 1969 becomes a reality in September 1987 through the rational and radical re-organisation of the Department as per G.O. (MS) 188/87/AD Dt. 17-08-1987.
Professional parity was regained through relentless fight and representation before the Chandrasekhara Menon Commission. Entry cadre of Agricultural Officers were declared as gazetted.
Agricultural Officers were declared as drawing officers. Professional dilution reduced to 15% from 20%.
Head office building was established in Thiruvananthapuram and named “Haritham”.
All India Federation of Agricultural Technocrats (AIFAT), the national forum of the Agricultural Professionalists in which we are rightly represented.
Sukumaran Nair Commission was constituted to study the grievances of Agricultural officers.
Submitted representation to Govt. and initiated legal steps in the Hon’ble High Court of Kerala regarding stagnation issue.
The reports of Abraham Committee on pay reforms being detrimental, multi pronged action was resorted to. Soil testing labs in Pathanamthitta, Kasargod districts, Mobile labs at Kozhikode and Kottayam Districts, Pest Surveillance unit in Kuttanad, Bio-Control lab at Mannuthy and Vegetable Cell established.
Established 3 urban and 3 rural wholesale Markets with EEC assistance. Tissue culture lab established at Kazhakkuttam in Thiruvananthapuram district.
Persuaded the Government to deligate the power of countersigning T.A. Bills of Agricultural Officers to Asst. Directors (G.O. (Rt.) 469/2001AD dt. 15-03-2001). Challenged the Government decision to promote non graduates as Agricultural Officers over and above 15% quota before the Division Bench of the High Court. Forced Government to cancel the earlier decision and accepted cadre strength for the first time to be the basis for ratio promotion.
Leadership Training Camps organised at State level and Regional level to create awareness among members on Association activities and bring them to the main stream of the organisation.
Established 20 Krishi Bhavanas and created 20 posts of Agricultural officers in the panchayaths formed in 2000 as per GO (MS) No. 160/2005 AD Dt. 05.12.200S. Restored the post of 14 Deputy Directors of Agriculture and 1 Joint Director of Agriculture under youth programme which were destined to be abolished (No. 4572/EAI/ 04 AD Dt.16.12.2005.). Acquired own building at Ernakulam.
Pay revision 2006 G.O.(P) No-145/2006 Fin dtd 25/02/06 ratio promotion introduced among Agricultural Officers for the first time. The ratio between Senior Agricultural Officer /ADA and Agricultural Officer @1:4 granted. Website of Association of Agricultural Officers Kerala launched. The site is www.aoaok.org
Biotechnology and Model Floriculture Centre, Kazhakuttom re-transferred to Department of Agriculture.
Professional dilution reduced to 13% from 15%.Redisgned a new innovative and dynamic website and re launched it with more user friendly features. Conducted a massive Rally and Dharna at Trivandrum highlighting our bleak promotion chances and other important issues. Arranged regional conferences in all regions and a State level Technical Seminar on Food Security.
Conducted brain storming session at Kottayam in context of all aspects related to Agricultural scenario and Agricultural Department.
The dream project of our Association Thekkady Haritham Residency was opened for our members with luxurious ten suites in the heart of Thekkady. New website for Thekkady Haritham Residency www.thekkadyharithamresidency.com launched. The long cherished dream of 4:1 ratio promotion was fulfilled in the year 2010 in which 26 Agricultural Officers were promoted to the post of Senior Agricultural Officer/ADA.
Pay revision -3:1 ratio promotion of AO’s, Higher grade to DD’s JDA scale equated with Dy Secretary. Created 1 Additional Director,18 DDA,4ADA posts under ATMA Scheme.
Branch Offices –Harithams were inaugurated in Palakkad and Kannur Districts . 3:1 ratio promotion –Upgradation of ¼ th of the Agricultural Officers post to SAO /ADA sanctioned as per G.O(MS) No-67/2012/AD dated 26-03-2012.