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Agriculture Department

The Agriculture Department in the District shall:

participate in provision of extension services in the areas of natural resources management, and rural infrastructural and small scale irrigation in the district;
assist in the formulation and implementation of agricultural policy for the District Assembly within the framework of national policies; submit report on the implementation of policies and programmes to the District Assembly; advise the District Assembly on matters related to agricultural development in the district;
promote extension services to farmers; assist and participate in on-farm adaptive research; lead the collection of data for analysis on cost effective farming enterprises; participate in the education and enforcement of legislation on fisheries; promote the formation of viable fishermen association and assist in fish farming; promote soil and water conservation measures by the appropriate agricultural technology; disseminate and adopt improved soil and water conservation methods; promote agro-forestry development to reduce the incidence of bush fires; promote an efficient and integrated water management;
assist and facilitate sustained pasture and forage production and act as out grower to farmers; assist development of animal health services infrastructure;
facilitate the development, operation and maintenance of livestock water supplies; assist in developing forage production, ranges and farmlands;
encourage improvement in livestock breeds; assist in developing early warning systems on animals diseases; facilitate and encourage vaccination and immunization of livestock and control of animal diseases; advise and encourage crop development through nursery propagation; assist in the development, rehabilitation and maintenance of small scale irrigation schemes; facilitate the assessment of the economic, financial and environmental viability of providing canals; assist the construction, rehabilitation and maintenance of fish landing sites; promote agro-processing and storage; facilitate the development of programmes and the establishment of close linkage between the various sub-sectors in the district; supervise the agricultural extension staff in the field;
co-ordinate the systematic and regular training of frontline staff; monitor and evaluate projects; promote investment in agriculture by assisting to identify and prepare pre-feasibility reports; develop proposal writing capacity at the district level; facilitate capacity building at the district level through training, workshops and other related activities; and assist to supervise projects planned, designed and implement centrally.