About the Ministry

Agric. Research Development Division

Objective
To undertake the development of appropriate agricultural technologies using participatory approaches.

Functions

  • To undertake research in farming systems, crops and environmental friendly agricultural technologies
  • To collect, document and disseminate agricultural research findings

The Division will be led by a Director and will have three Sections as follows:-

  • Crop Research Section
  • Farming Systems and Socio-Economic Research Section
  • Special Programmes Research Section

Crop Research Section

The Section will perform the following activities:-

  • Research on crop husbandry and agronomic practices
  • Research on crop protection (Disease, insect and weed control)
  • Research on post harvest technologies
  • Collect and conserve plant genetic resources for crop improvement (breeding)
  • Develop and use Biotechnology
  • Document and disseminate crop research technologies to farmers through extension services and media

The Section will be led by an Assistant Director.

Farming System and Socio-Economic Research Section

The Section will perform the following activities: ‑

  • Research on farming systems and social economic linkages
  • Research on clientele participatory approaches in all stages of research
  • Research on adaptation of technologies and constraints
  • Research on farm budgets and returns to improvement packages
  • Classify and analyze farming systems
  • Focus activities on farming systems
  • Enhance coordination with all stakeholders
  • Promote systems orientation to research
  • Analyze institutional and policy-induced constraints to technology development at farm level

The Section will be led by an Assistant Director.

Special Programs Research Section

The Section will perform the following activities: ‑

  • Research on soil fertility, nutrition, soil and water conservation
  • Research on conservation agriculture, soil, plant and water analysis
  • Research on tree species suitable for fuel wood, fodder and for improving soil fertility
  • Research on Bio – energy
  • Research on adaptation of irrigation
  • Research on farm implements

The Section will be led by an Assistant Director.

Link to Research Institutes/Centres