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 agriculture machinery ploughing, tube-wells and installation and research Agricultural Engineering (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 in respect of 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.
  • Introduction of special crops like jute, tea, olive etc.
  • 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 
  • Maters incidental and ancillary to the above subjects.