The President visited the Ministry on 18th January 2006. He raised great concern on the poor state of agriculture in terms of its low productivity and technology application, the poverty facing the majority of peasant farmers as well as the hard and tedious nature of peasant farming. He directed that an agricultural revolution is needed to convert peasant agriculture into business/commercial operations with the view to improve the welfare of the farmers. The President also emphasized on modernization of agriculture.
To implement the Presidential Directives the Ministry has to strengthen the following services:-
- Farmers' access to technical advice and modern agricultural inputs like seeds, fertilizers and pesticides.
- Spearhead mechanization of agricultural production and use of post harvest processing equipments and facilities.
- Build capacity of Extension Officers.
THE APPROVED FUNCTIONS AND ORGANIZATION STRUCTURE
In order for the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives to carry out its functions efficiently and effectively, it is proposed to have the following eight Divisions and eight Units as shown in the organization chart below
- Research and Development Division
- Crop Development Division
- National Food Security Division
- Agricultural Land Use Planning and Management Division
- Agricultural Mechanization Division
- Training Division
- Plant Breeders' Rights Unit
- Administration and Human Resources Management Division
- Policy and Planning Division
- Finance and Accounts Unit
- Internal Audit Unit
- Procurement Management Unit
- Legal Services Unit
- Information, Education and Communication Unit
- Management Information Systems Unit
- Environmental Management Unit