The Agriculture Department in the District shall:
(a) participate in provision of extension services in the areas of natural resources management, and rural infrastructural and small scale irrigation in the district;
(b) assist in the formulation and implementation of agricultural policy for the District Assembly within the framework of national policies;
(c) submit report on the implementation of policies and programmes to the District Assembly;

(d) advise the District Assembly on matters related to agricultural development in the district;
(e) promote extension services to farmers;
(f) assist and participate in on-farm adaptive research;
(g) lead the collection of data for analysis on cost effective farming enterprises;
(h) participate in the education and enforcement of legislation on fisheries;
(i) promote the formation of viable fishermen associations and assist in fish farming;
(j) promote soil and water conservation measures by the appropriate agricultural technology;
(k) disseminate and adopt improved soil and water conservation methods;
(l) promote agro-forestry development to reduce the incidence of bush fires;
(m) promote an effective and integrated water management;
(n) assist and facilitate sustained pasture and forage production and act as out grower to farmers;
(0) assist development of animal health services infrastructure;
(p) facilitate the development, operation and maintenance of livestock water supplies;
(q) assist in developing forage production, ranges and farmlands;
(r) encourage improvement in livestock breeds;
(s) 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;
(w) facilitate the assessment of the economic, financial and environmental viability of providing canals;

(x) assist the construction, rehabilitation and maintenance of fish landing sites;
(y) promote agro-processing and storage;
(i) facilitate the development of programmes and the establishment of close linkage between the various sub-sectors in the district;
(ii) supervise the agricultural extension staff in the field;
(iii) co-ordinate the systematic and regular training of frontline staff;
(iv) monitor and evaluate projects;
(v) promote investment in agriculture by assisting to identify and prepare pre-feasibility reports;
(vi) develop proposal writing capacity at the district level;
(vii) facilitate capacity building at the district level through training, workshops and other related activities; and
(viii) assist to supervise projects planned, designed and implement centrally.


Source: Office of the Head of Local Government Service