Purpose

To promote the production of different crops and facilitate producers’ access to improved and appropriate crop production and agro processing technologies for increased productivity in order to achieve national and household food and nutrition security, increased crop based incomes, foreign exchange earnings and import substitution.

Functions

The department is responsible for crop and farm mechanisation promotion; crop protection and farm input services and addressing the knowledge gap at extension staff level and specialised crop based farmer organisations to enhance effective diffusion of technologies released by the Agricultural Technology Clearing Committee (ATCC). The department specifically performs the following functions:

-        Formulate and interpret crop development policies and legislation;

-        Promote production of crops based on agro-ecological zones;

-        Train extension and specialized farmer groups in crop production technologies;

-        Promote post harvest management of crops including agro processing;

-        Package and proliferate crop production technologies approved by Agricultural Technology Clearing Committee;

-        Conduct surveillance and monitoring activities of migratory pests and effect control measures;

-        Promote crop diversification and intensification as a means of increasing productivity while reducing pressure on land;

-        Promote and coordinate seed multiplication programmes;

-        Implement farm mechanization programmes;

 

-        Promote sustainable pest and disease management practices;

-        Promote commercial farming including contract farming;

-        Coordinate and supervise crop production estimates;

-        Monitor crop development in relation to weather pattern;

-        Develop crop production project concept papers;

-        Foster linkages with all stakeholders involved in crop production; and

-        Monitor input availability and uptake. 

 

Organisation Structure

For the Department of Crop Production to carry out its tasks it is divided into six sections as follows:

-        Crop management and support services

-        Field Crops

-        Horticulture

-        Crop Protection

-        Farm mechanisation

-        Farm Input services