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Functions of the Ministry

  1. Formulate, review and implement viable agricultural policies and legislation.
  2. Develop strategies to ensure production and productivity of food and non-food agricultural products for self-sufficiency and security, economic growth as well as for export.
  3. Provide animal and plant disease and pest control services to the agricultural sector.
  4. Design strategies and guidelines for the implementation of enterprise or industry specific policy objectives in the agricultural sector.
  5. Provide agricultural engineering, mechanisation and irrigation services to the agricultural sector.
  6. Identify and develop effective markets and marketing systems for agricultural products.
  7. Co-ordinate and mainstream implementation of regional and international treaties, protocols, agreements and standards into our National laws.
  8. Provide leadership in the advocacy and awareness of agriculture and water policies.
  9. Provide extension and advisory services.
  10. Facilitate and co-ordinate capacity development in the areas of agriculture and water sectors.
  11. Participate in the development and implementation of SADC and other regional and international organisationsÂ’ water resource, pests and diseases management frameworks.
  12. Manage and administer land and water resources.
  13. Conduct National mapping and cadastral surveys.
  14. Establish and maintain an agricultural information system.
  15. Generate appropriate technologies, information and knowledge that address crop and livestock production and management needs of farmers.