Created by Executive Order No. 116, ATI is mandated to train agricultural extension workers and their clienteles, conduct multi-level training programs to promote and accelerate agricultural and rural development; ensure that research results are communicated to the users through appropriate trainings and extension.
This mandate has been affirmed by Republic Act 8435 otherwise known as AFMA (Agriculture & Fisheries Modernization Act ) of 1997 that mandated ATI as the overall manager for the country’s extension, training programs and activities on agriculture and fisheries.