The Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Delta State is charged with the responsibility of managing and promoting agricultural and related natural resources to achieve effective production of food and raw materials to develop the industrial sector and export market with the effect of enhancing farm income and reducing poverty. The ministry also carries out the functions of inspecting produce and live-stock as well as engaging in veterinary services and special agricultural projects.
DEPARTMENTS AND PARASTATALS OF THE MINISTRY
The Ministry of Agriculture is divided into five departments which include:
- Agricultural Research
- Natural Resources
- Veterinary Services
The Ministry is further divided into the following Parastatals:
1. Delta Agricultural Development Programme: This involves initiating special agricultural programmes whose purpose is to increase productivity as well as exposing farmers to new technology and agricultural methods.
2. Tree Crop Unit: This unit leverages on agricultural technology in the production of elite tree crop seedlings such as variants of oil palm, rubber, cashew, cocoa and coconut, to improve food production and provide raw materials for agro-allied industries. The unit is an integrated Forestry Consulting, Plantation Asset Management and Project Development Company established to improve productivity, enhance value, and maximize environmental benefits of forest plantations and other plant production systems. The tree crop production unit has particular expertise in various areas of crop improvement including breeding, clonal propagation and biotechnology.
3. Tractor Hiring Unit: The unit is responsible for co-ordinating the directorate’s tractor hire services which assists farmers in mechanizing their farming activities at highly subsidized charges to increase in productivity. The agency has 9 tractor hire centres located in Asaba, Oleh, Oghara, Patani, Agbor, Agbarho, Kwale, Owanta and Abraka.
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