Hon. Union Minister assisted by Minister of State for Agriculture holds overall charge of the Ministry of Agriculture.
Ministry of Agriculture comprises of three Departments viz. Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Department of Agricultural Research & Education/ICAR and Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying .
Secretary (A&C) is the Administrative Head of the Department and Principal Adviser to the Minister on all matters of policy and administration within the Department of Agriculture & Cooperation. He is assisted by Additional Secretaries, Agriculture Commissioner, Joint Secretaries, Economic & Statistical Adviser, Horticulture Commissioner and Plant Protection Adviser.
The Department of Agriculture and Cooperation is responsible for the formulation and implementation of National policies and programmes aimed at achieving rapid agricultural growth through optimum utilization of the country's land, water. Soil and plant resources.
The Department undertakes all possible measures to ensure timely and adequate supply of inputs and services such as fertilizers, seeds pesticides, agricultural implements and also provides agricultural credit, crops insurance and ensures remunerative returns to the farmer for his agricultural produce.
The Department is entrusted with the responsibility of collection and maintenance of a wide range of statistical and economic data relating to agriculture, required for development planning, organizing agricultural census, assisting and advising the States in undertaking scarcity relief measures and in management of natural calamities e.g. flood, drought, cyclone, etc.
Matters relating to formulation of overall cooperative policy in the country, national cooperative organizations, cooperative training and education come under the preview of the Department. The Department also participates in activities of international organizations, for fostering bilateral cooperation in agricultural and allied sectors and for promotion of export in agricultural commodities.
The Department is organized into 22 Divisions and Technology Mission on oilseeds & Pulses. In addition, it has 4 Attached offices and 22 Subordinate offices spread all over the country for coordination with State level agencies and also for implementing Central Sector Schemes in their respective fields. There are two Public Sector Undertakings, Six Autonomous Bodies and eleven National level Cooperative Organizations with the Department.