Kuhusu Wizara

CROP DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

1.1CROP DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

 

Objective

To provide expertise and services on crop development and cooperatives.

Functions

To provide inputs on  crop development  policies, legislations, standards and rules;
To develop crop development strategies, programmes and implementation;
To promote sustainable agriculture;
To build capacity of RS and LGAs in crop development; and
To provide inputs on cooperative development policies and legislations.

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

Crop Promotion, Agricultural Inputs and Cooperatives Section;
 Plant Health Services Section; and
Agricultural Marketing Section.

 

1.1.1Crop Promotion, Agricultural Inputs and Cooperatives Section

 

This Section will perform the following activities:-

 

Develop, monitor, evaluate and review implementation of policies, strategies, standards and legislation on agricultural inputs;
Inspect, monitor and certify quality of seed and crop varieties;
Facilitate promotion of farm seed production (Quality Declared Seed [QDS]);
Encourage Private Sector Participation in seed production;
Process and register new seed varieties, seed farms and seed dealers;
Establish National supply and demand system for Agro-Inputs distribution and utilization;
Develop Agricultural Inputs Databank;
Develop, monitor, evaluate and review implementation of cooperative policies and legislations;
Develop and maintain Government Orchards for multiplication and dissemination of improved varieties of horticultural crops;
Facilitate promotion of commercial farming including contract farming;
Provide advice on production of crops based on agro – ecological zones;
Provide advice on enforcement of crop industry legislation and guidelines; and
Prepare and enforce implementation of quality standards on production processing of traditional and non-traditional export crops.

This Section will be led by an Assistant Director.

 

1.1.2Plant Health Services Section

This Section will perform the following activities:-

Develop guidelines for crop pest management and monitor its implementation;
Undertake Inspection and Photo-sanitary Certification;
Facilitate RS and LGAs to enforce internal Plant Quarantine;
Prepare strategies and coordinate management outbreak of  pests and diseases;
Coordinate Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Bio Control Services;
Provide regulatory services on registration and sound management  of pesticides;
Control of quality and standards of plant protection substances;
Enforce Plant Protection Legislation;
Develop and maintain plant health data bank; and
Monitor bio-safety and bio-security aspects in agriculture.

This Section will be led by an Assistant Director.

 

1.1.3Agricultural Marketing Section

 

This Section will perform the following activities:-

Conduct researches on market intelligence for crops grown in the Country;
Collect and conduct detailed analysis of data concerning storage, marketing and trend of crop prices inside and outside the Country;
Give special advice to Government concerning decisions on permitting or banning of selling of  crops and control of  crops to be entered in the country;
Coordinate all issues which concern Agricultural marketing from farmers;
Provide advice to the Government concerning quality way of understanding and using agricultural marketing opportunities  for crops produced within the country and giving recommendations which will assist farmers to access domestic and foreign markets
Coordinate promotional activities of farmers to add value to their crops with the aim of accessing markets;
Be a Data Harmonization Centre for agricultural markets and price and provide link between the Ministry and various domestic and foreign institutions  concerning markets for farmers’ crops; and
Coordinate all issues concerning with markets and prices of crops which are produced by domestic farmers. 

This Section will be led by an Assistant Director.