Kuhusu Wizara

AGRICULTURAL MECHANISATION AND IRRIGATION DIVISION

1.1AGRICULTURAL MECHANISATION AND IRRIGATION DIVISION

 

Objective
To provide expertise in modernization of agricultural production in the country

Functions

To advice the government on formulation, implementation and review of the National Agricultural Mechanization and Irrigation Policy, Strategy, Programs and Laws;
 To act as a forum/platform for information and technology sharing and soliciting resources pertaining to time, labour and water saving technologies;
To coordinate all interventions in Agricultural Modernization domain conducted by the development agents and other stakeholders;
To facilitate modernization of farm machinery including use of alternate power sources and conservation tillage equipment;
To promote agro-processing machines and productive use of rural energy;
To build capacity of institutions and personnel in profitable agricultural modernization (including Region Secretariat and Local Government Authorities, research, training, innovations and other stakeholders);
To advise the Government in all matters concerning development and management of agricultural modernization domain in the country;
To acquire, develop and disseminate suitable technologies originating from research findings, innovations and manufacturers of local or foreign origin;
To monitor activities carried out by the National Irrigation Commission, Irrigators and other stakeholders;
To facilitate  collaboration of key irrigation stakeholders at National level;
To collect and maintain data of all irrigators and irrigation associations; and
To advise the Ministry on all matters relating to development and management of irrigation projects in the country.

The Division will be led by a Director and will comprise three (3) Sections as follows:-

Farm Machinery and Implements Section;
Agro-processing and Renewable Energy Section; and
Irrigation Development Section.

1.1.1Farm Machinery and Implements Section

 

This Section will perform the following activities:-

Initiate formulation, implementation and review of policy, strategies and programmes on agricultural mechanization;
Set  and monitor standards and guidelines for agricultural machinery;
Provide effective information on the national demand, availability and distribution of farm implements, machinery and equipment;
Provide advisory services on appropriate farm machinery and multi operational use of machinery;
Promote and encourage agro-mechanization and modernization of farm machinery;
Promote alternate power sources such as power tillers, rice trans-planters, harvesters and other machinery for smallholder farming;
Facilitate up scaling of conservation tillage technologies to improve agricultural productivity;
Encourage participation of private investors in agro mechanization including supply of conservation tillage implements;
Develop data bank for agricultural machinery; and
Advise on the creation of enabling environment to acquire modern agro mechanisation technologies.

     The Section will be led by an Assistant Director.

 

1.1.2Agro-processing and Productive Use of Rural Energy Section

 

This Section will perform the following activities:-

Develop strategies and programmes to increase adoption of agro-processing machines technologies and productive use of energy;
Provide advisory services on crop processing machines technologies and productive use of energy in collaboration with other related institutions;
Develop guidelines on agro-processing machines technologies and productive use of energy  and provide technical back stopping;
 Build capacity of RS and LGAs on agro-processing machines technologies and productive use of rural energy;
      Promote exploitation of renewable energy technologies in agriculture;
Provide advisory services and facilitate dissemination of appropriate farm structures;
Encourage private sector participation in increasing accessibility and availability of agro-processing machines technologies and productive use of energy;
Facilitate dissemination and commercialization of new agro-processing machines technologies and productive use of energy from Research & Development institutions; and
Provide information on areas and opportunities for private investment in agro-processing machines technologies and productive use of energy.

The Section will be led by an Assistant Director.

1.1.3Irrigation Development Section

 

This Section will perform the following activities:-

Advise the government on implementation and review of the National Irrigation Policy, Strategy, National Irrigation Master Plan and Regulatory Framework;
Liaise with National Irrigation Commision and other stakeholders  in all issues related to Irrigation development;
Monitor activities carried out by National Irrigation Commission;
Facilitate collaboration of key irrigation stakeholders at National level;
       Collect and maintain data of all irrigators and irrigation association; and
 Provide advice on all matters relating to development and management of irrigation projects in the country.

The Section will be led by an Assistant Director.