The Ministry of Agriculture has the national responsibility for the enhancement of food production and income security through agricultural sector growth.
Within the Ministry, capital programmes are implemented by the divisions to address the following thematic areas: • Food security through the provision of Extension and Research Services both livestock and crops; • Quick economic recovery through the implementation of the Demand Driven Approach Programme (DDA) and other commodity projects; • Poverty alleviation by building capacity of farmers to increase production; and • Sustainable management of natural resources through the flood protection programmes and other sustainable land management practices.
The five implementing divisions of the Ministry are Human Resources, Finance & Information, Economic Planning & Statistics, Crop Extension, Animal Health & Production and Crop Research.
The roles of each of the division is outlined below.
Human Resources, Finance & Information: • Formulate and review current organizational structure and implement public service reforms (Civil Service, Financial and Public Service Reforms). • Implement best practices in managing human resources and effective delivery of service. • Promote and enhance the upholding of public service values and code of conduct. • Develop and maintain a professional and highly qualified workforce. • Formulate and develop a human resource plan framework for the Ministry. • Implement an effective training program relevant to the Ministry’s function. • Ensure good governance in the administration and deployment of financial and other resources. • Collate an effective asset management system for the Ministry. • Ensure a healthy and safe working environment for all staff in the Ministry.
Economic Planning & Statistics: • Set the vision and direction for the Ministry of Agriculture and the agriculture sector in Fiji. • Formulate the agricultural sectors development policies in an appropriate strategy and subsequent programs in accordance with the Government’s strategic plan. • Conduct research on marketing opportunities and facilitate the marketing of private sector agriculture produce both locally and abroad. • Assess the impact of international trade regimes on the agriculture sector. • Establish and enhance effective and sustainable linkages with external organisations including global donor agencies at bilateral, plurilateral and multilateral levels. • Collate, compile and analyze agricultural statistics to assist in the formulation of policies. • Analyze policy options and assess its impact on the agriculture sector. • Assist in the identification, preparation, monitoring and evaluation of all agricultural projects in Fiji. • Coordinate the Ministry’s annual budget emphasis on the capital expenditure on quarterly basis. • Coordinate and facilitate the training of staff in marketing, project planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and report writing. • Ensure the effective implementation of sustainability of donor funded projects with MoA and enhance and facilitate the development of agriculture private and sector and agri-businesses • Improve the performance of MoA capital programs by providing quality and timely monitoring and evaluation services, knowledge collection and sharing that support planned progress, transparency and accountability.
Crop Extension Division: • Assist farmers especially in the transitioning of subsistence to semi-commercial and to commercial standard. • Promote appropriate technologies for adoption. • Train and prepare farm programs to assist production for export. • Facilitate farmer trainings. • Provision of technical advice to farmers. • Conduct training on farm management practices. • Prepare and conduct training on farm business plan. • Identify potential agriculture projects. • Prepare agriculture project plan. • Facilitate the implementation of agricultural project. • Monitoring of agriculture projects.
Animal Health & Production Division: • Provide knowledge and other livestock related services to livestock industries, processors distributors, importers, exporters, smallholder livestock farmers and clients necessary for the adoption of best practices. • Provide three ways communication link between rural communities, processors and government. • Provide advice to government on the development of livestock sectoral policies and programmes aimed at promoting the sustainable development of the livestock industry. • Provide animal health, regulatory and technical services to maintain and improve current animal health status and prevent the introduction of exotic pests and diseases. • Provision of advisory services that will ensure efficient production enhancing food and income security. • Attract greater investment into cost – effective value adding and vertically integrated livestock related activities and associated infrastructure development. • Promote and facilitate jointly funded Government and private sector market focused livestock research and development programmes leading to the development of cost – effective technology.
Crop Research Division:
• Complement and support the Ministry of Agriculture, through innovation of new technologies and its transfer to suit the need of farmers, the clients and the stakeholders for the enhancement of the agriculture sector.
• Facilitate scientific, technical and professional support services for agriculture development.
• Conserve and manage plant genetic resources.
• Develop adaptable and affordable technologies.
• Facilitate pest and disease management.
• Provision of analytical, diagnostic and regulatory services.
• Product development and value addition and provision of technical support services and appropriate information dissemination to stakeholders.
• Capacity building for farmers and agriculture officials in the areas of farm business planning and farm business advisory services.
• Promote sustainable land use practices with major emphasis on land conservation and land degradation issues.
• Provide quality and timely advice to stakeholders on optimum land utilization techniques.
• Strengthen and accelerate participation and adoption of sustainable agricultural systems.
• Accelerate the generation and use of appropriate and innovative technology.
• Promote farming as a business and a rewarding form of employment.
• Provide agricultural property evaluation service and undertake sales analysis to determine the volatility of the market.