The Department of Agriculture is one of the oldest Government Departments in the country. It was established with the commencement of first five-year plan in 1961. Early activities focused mainly on agriculture and establishment of research stations at Yusipang and Samtenling. During 1990’s and 2000’s, the Department of Agriculture has undergone numerous institutional reorganizations. The name of the institutes and mandates therefore never remained consistent. However over the period of time the human resource and institutional capacity of the Department has been greatly strengthened.
The Department of Agriculture has three divisions namely Agriculture Production Division (APD), Agriculture Research and Extension Division (ARED) and Agriculture Engineering Division(AED) under the current organizational set up. The Department is further supported by four Agriculture Research and Development Centres and six support service oriented Central Programs stationed across the country. These wings of the department provide technical backstopping to the Dzongkhag Agriculture Section and the Gewog Extension Officers who are the engine to our extension services.
Dasho PemaWangchuk was the first national Director of the Department. He served the Department from 1974-1986. Ever since 8 Directors headed the department. Ms. Kinlay Tshering is the current Director of the Department.
A self-reliant, productive, diverse, resilient and sustainable agriculture food system
Achieve food and nutrition security, agricultural transformation through innovative and sustainable technologies, diversified and competitive economic/production options, inclusive and sustainable policies and programs.
- Ensure attainment of food self sufficiency
- Generate and promote appropriate agriculture technologies
- Develop sustainable irrigation and water management system
- Promote income generation, employment opportunities and enterprise development
- Promote sustainable utilization of agriculture land
- Promote farm mechanization and labour saving technologies
- Promote sustainable and climate resilient agriculture development
- Establish commodity value chains
- Develop and promote effective measures to protect crops from wild life damage
- Delivery of essential agriculture inputs and services (farm infrastructure, technical, advisory and administrative)
- Provide support services on soil, plant protection, post-harvest and other agricultural services
- Liaise with national and international institutions for program coordination
- To increase crop production for enhancing food self sufficiency, income and nutrition security
- To generate and promote climate resilient agriculture technologies
- To promote organic farming for sustainable agriculture, safe food, and environment conservation
- To develop functional farm infrastructures and facilities (irrigation channel, farm roads, post-harvest facilities, etc.)
- To promote agriculture enterprise development
- To enhance effective and efficient delivery of agricultural services
Key Result Areas
The expected outcome for the Department by end of 12th FYP are:
- At the end of the plan period, the Self Sufficiency Rates of Rice, Maize and Vegetables are targeted to be increased to 60%, 96% and 100% respectively. An average of 21% increase in the total production volume of agriculture crops is targeted by 2023.
- In addition, the organic food production will be enhanced. The area under organic agriculture management by the end of 12 FYP will be 9039 acres with 17 organic certified agriculture products developed.
- By the end of the plan period, 11 agriculture-based enterprises would be established engaging private sector and generating an employment of 140 numbers. In addition, value chain for three commodities will be established.
- Land development will be one of the thrust areas for the Department and by end of 12th FYP a total of 10,000 ac will be developed and 5339 ac fallow land (Chuzhing) will be brought under cultivation.
- An additional land of 6746 acres will be brought under farm mechanization reducing farm drudgery and labour costs through supply of gender friendly, geographically suitable farm machineries.
- Apart from irrigation schemes constructed/renovated by Local Government (LG), six major irrigation schemes totaling up to 180 km will be constructed/renovated centrally to reduce farm water scarcity.