Functions

The main functions of agriculture department are as follows:

  • Legislation, policy formulation and sectoral planning regarding:
    • Agriculture education, training and research including Agricultural University, Faisalabad and Pir Mehr Ali Shah University of Arid Agriculture Rawalpindi and pre-service/in-service training at Agriculture Training Institutes
    • Adaptive Research and Research Farms
    • Improvement of agricultural and water management methods
    • Protection against insects, pests, prevention of plants diseases and quality control of pesticides
    • Soil Fertility and Soil Conservation
    • Mechanization, reclamation of land, use of agricultural machinery ploughing, tube-wells installation, research Agricultural Engineering Research (Agricultural Machinery and Implements), Water Management Training and Research Institute, Lahore
    • Agricultural information and publications/training
    • Agricultural statistics
    • Preparation and review of agricultural production strategy in coordination with district agriculture extension
  • Arboricultural operations
  • Monitoring of agriculture inputs like fertilizers, pesticides and irrigation through field extension staff
  • Promotion of modern agriculture technologies and other extension activities through method/result demonstration, farmers gatherings, print and electronic media, etc.
  • Training and research on Floriculture Seed Farms/Green Belts
  • Market information and intelligence System and matters common to all Market Committees
  • Agricultural loans/subsidies
  • Water management operations, planning, research and coordination
  • Production, multiplication and marketing of certified seed through Punjab Seed Corporation
  • Coordination and strengthening of research activities in Agriculture, Livestock, Irrigation, Water Management, Forest and Fisheries sectors through Punjab Agricultural Research Board
  • Economic planning and policy-making with respect to agriculture in the province
  • Plant Protection:
    • Standardization of local and imported pesticides
    • Plant quarantine
  • Economic studies for framing agricultural policy
  • Farm management research for planning project formulating and evaluation in the province
  • Grading of agricultural commodities other than food grains, for exports
  • Agricultural commodity research (marketing research and laboratory research for laying down district, regional and provincial grades)
  • Soil survey, comprehensive inventory of soil resources of province and their proper utilization
  • Standardization of fertilizers for meeting provincial requirements
  • Under-development areas:
    • Identification of under-development areas
    • Identification of the fields in which an area is under-developed
    • Measures necessary to remove the causes of under-development in different areas
  • Socio-economic studies for framing agricultural research policies
  • Research for the introduction of improved germs plasm, relating to agriculture
  • Collection of statistics on agricultural research
  • High level manpower training for agricultural research and on farm management
  • Pest scouting, Pest survey, Pest warning, quality control of pesticides, research on plant protection, training of pesticides dealers, farmers and extension workers in plant protection
  • Budget, accounts and audit matters
  • Purchase of stores and capital goods for the department
  • Services matters except those entrusted to Services and General Administration Department
  • Administration of the agriculture related laws and the rules 
  • Matters incidental and ancillary to the above subjects