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Responsibilities Include:

The Agriculture Department in the District

  • 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 associations 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 effective 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;
    1. Facilitate the development of programmes and the establishment of close linkage between the various sub-sectors in the district;
    2. Supervise the agricultural extension staff in the field;
    3. Co-ordinate the systematic and regular training of frontline staff;
    4. Monitor and evaluate projects;
    5. Promote investment in agriculture by assisting to identify and prepare pre-feasibility reports;
    6. Develop proposal writing capacity at the district level;
    7. Facilitate capacity building at the district level through training, workshops and other related activities; and
    8. Assist to supervise projects planned, designed and implemented centrally.