The Agriculture Department in the Metro. shall:

  • participate in provision of extension services in the areas of natural resources management, and rural infrastructural and small scale irrigation in the Metro.;
  • assist in the formulation and implementation of agricultural policy for the Metro. Assembly within the framework of national policies;
  • submit report on the implementation of policies and programmes to the

Metro. Assembly;

  • advise the Metro. Assembly on matters related to agricultural development in the Metro.;
  • 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; (i) 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; (l) 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;

(0) 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; (t) facilitate and encourage vaccination and immunization of livestock and control of animal diseases;

(u) advise and encourage crop development through nursery propagation; (v) 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;

(i) facilitate the development of programmes and the establishment of close linkage between the various sub-sectors in the Metro.; (ii) 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 Metro. level;
  • facilitate capacity building at the Metro. level through training, workshops and other related activities; and
  • assist to supervise projects planned, designed and implement centrally.