FUNCTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT
- The functions of the department include; to advise the district assembly on matters of agriculture, lead the collection of data for analysis on cost effective farming enterprises, assist in developing warning systems on animal diseases, facilitate the development of programs to establish close linkage between the various subsectors in the district and promote investment in Agriculture by assisting to identify and prepare pre-visibility report.
- The department operates within six main objectives. These include; ensuring food security, increasing growth in income for all stakeholders involved in agriculture activities, helping farmers produce both for the local and the international market, to help promote science and technology in farming activities to ensure that the environment is protected.
- The department is also involved in the establishment of farm lands within the community. Currently, the department has found some lands along the Moto-way, aviation and also areas under the High tension to help supplement the farm lands available in the municipality. These lands would help promote agriculture activities within the community.
Extension service delivery is also one of the major activities embarked upon by the department. It provides technical experts who help to educate farmers on how to engage in best farming practices, example is the fallout of the army worm infestation.
The department in collaboration with the farmers have managed to control its spread from about 116ha in 2017 to about 19.6ha in 2018 through the provision of Chemical and some technical know-how on how to fight the spread.
The extension service is also extended to provide animal health service delivery to farmers. The department also helps provide experts who deliver healthcare services for livestock farmers. These officers examine the animals to make sure that they are healthy.