Shaping the future of Agriculture through Innovation

The Agriculture Research and Extension Division (ARED) endeavours to support the Ministry of Agriculture & Forest in its vision of enhancing socio-economic well-being of the Bhutanese people through agriculture research. In so doing, it provides overall strategic guidance as well as facilitate enabling environment to drive implementation, monitoring and evaluation of a structured research process in key identified areas of agriculture development and associated disciplines.

1. FIELD CROP RESEARCH PROGRAM (FCRP)

General Operational and Functional ToR

  1. The “FCRP” will operate within the broad mandates and functions of Agriculture Research and Extension Division (ARED).
  2. In order to ensure succinct outcome and deliverables, FCRP will be guided by the following ToR

TECHNICAL MANDATES AND FUNCTIONS

A. Field Crop Research Policy, Strategy and Guideline

  1. The program will lead the co-ordination and planning of “field crop” program and activities in collaboration with Agriculture Production Division, Commodity Co-ordinators, ARDCs Bajo, Wengkhar, Bhur, RDC-OA Yusipang, NSSC, NPPC, NPHC, AMC, NMC and National Biodiversity Centre (NBC)
  2. The program with operate its research co-ordination functions within the following category of crops (but not limited to):
  • Cereal Crops
  • Oil seed crops
  • Grain Legumes
  • Root and tuber crops
  1. The program with lead through collaboration with relevant institutions and program within the DoA to formulate field crop research policy and strategy
  2. The program will lead and guide Five Year field crop research program, strategies and broad activities
  3. The program will coordinate review annual field crop research activities
  4. The section will lead the formulation of field crop research protocol and guidelines
  5. The program will coordinate and review the “release of field crop variety” proposal by the ARDC and other relevant institutions.
  6. The program will support the implementation of commodity development program

B. Resource Mobilization

  1. The program will lead in the co-ordination and formulation of field crop research projects and secure financing from RGoB and projects.
  2. The program will co-ordinate, review and recommend the annual budget for field crop research program and activities

C. Monitoring

  1. The program will prepare Five Year and Annual field crop research monitoring framework and submit the progress status to the Division Chief.
  2. The program will lead the publication and updating of “Field Crop Germplasm” book.
  3. The program will assist Agriculture Extension Section (AES) for the publication of field crop journals, articles and publications.
  4. Co-ordinate the conduct of meeting on field crops program

D. COORDINATION FUNCTIONS

  1. The FCRP will be the focal on Field Crop Research for all the four ARDCs.
  2. The FCRP will also be the technical focal for all the central programs on issues related to Field Crop Research.

2. HORTICULTURE CROP RESEARCH PROGRAM (HCRP)

General Operational and Functional ToR

  1. The “HCRP” will operate within the broad mandates and functions of Agriculture Research and Extension Division (ARED).
  2. In order to ensure succinct outcome and deliverables, HCRP will be guided by the following ToR

TECHNICAL MANDATES AND FUNCTIONS

B. Crop Research Policy, Strategy and Guideline

  1. The section will lead the co-ordination and planning of “Horticulture crop” program and activities in collaboration with Agriculture Production Division, Commodity Co-ordinators, ARDC Bajo, Wengkhar, Bhur, RDC-OA Yusipang, NSSC, NPPC, NPHC, AMC and National Biodiversity Centre (NBC).
  2. The section with operate its research co-ordination functions within the following category of crops (but not limited to):
  • Fruits and Nuts
  • Vegetables
  • Citrus
  • Mushroom
  • Potato
  • Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
  • Spices
  1. The section with lead through collaboration with relevant institutions and program within the DoA to formulated “nested” Horticulture crop research policy and strategy
  2. The section will lead and guide Five Year Horticulture crop research program, strategies and broad activities
  3. The section will review annual Horticulture crop research activities in line with the DoA’s development and recommend.
  4. The section will lead the formulation of Horticulture crop research protocol and guidelines
  5. The section will review the “release of Horticulture crop variety” proposal by the ARDC and RDC-OA for its technical and socio-economic completeness and refer to “variety release committee”
  6. The section will support the implementation of commodity development program

C. Resource Mobilization

  1. The section will lead in the co-ordination and formulation of Horticulture crop research projects and secure financing from RGoB and projects.
  2. The section will co-ordinate, review and recommend the annual budget for Horticulture crop research program and activities

D. Monitoring

  1. The section will prepare Five Year and Annual crop research monitoring framework and regularly (quarterly)  and on need basis collect and submit the progress status to the Division Chief
  2. The section will lead the publication and updating of “Crop Germplasm” book
  3. The section will assist Agriculture Extension Section (AES) for the publication of journals, articles and publications
  4. Co-ordinate the conduct of meeting on need basis

E. MANAGERIAL AND GENERAL CO – ORDINATION FUNCTIONS

  1. The HCRP will be the focal on Horticulture Crop Research for all the Four RDCs.
  2. The HCRP will also be the technical focal for all the central Program on issues related to Horticulture Crop Research.

3. AGRICULTURE EXTENSION PROGRAM (AEP)

A. General Operational and Functional ToR

    1. The “AEP” will operate within the broad mandates and functions of Agriculture Research and Extension Division (ARED).
    2. In order to ensure succinct outcome and deliverables, AEC will be guided by the following ToR

B. TECHNICAL MANDATES AND FUNCTIONS:

Mandates:

  1. Coordinate Review and development of Agriculture Extension Policy/strategy/guidelines.
  2. Co-ordinate Agricultural Knowledge, Information and technology dissemination and management.
  3. Co-ordinate human resource requirement and Capacity Development of Research and Extension System.
  4. M&E of Extension System.
  5. Establish Linkages with National, Regional and International research and development institutions/networks for Knowledge Sharing, Technology Transfer and Capacity Development.

Function:

  1. The program will lead the formulation of necessary Agriculture Extension Policies, Strategies and Guidelines in collaboration with relevant agencies, programs and Dzongkhags.
  2. Timely review and develop agriculture extension manual and guidelines.
  3. Co-ordinate assessment of Human Resource requirement and Capacity development of Research and Extension System in close collaboration with HRMD of the Ministry.
  4. Facilitate planning and implementation of “Agriculture Extension Programs and Activities” (technology transfer, farmers education, extension HR Planning and Capacity development) in collaboration with APD, Commodity Coordinators, ARDCs, NSSC, NPPC, NPHC, AMC, ICS and HRMD.
  5. Coordinate and development of extension materials posters, leaflets, fliers, and AV materials for promotion of Agricultural information, Knowledge and technology in coloration with ARDCs, Central Programs, Technical Divisions and ICS.
  6. Lead the publication of “Bhutanese Journal of Agriculture.
  7. Facilitate the publication of any Agriculture Research and Development articles/reports.
  8. Establish and maintain database on Research Activities, MoU, Inventory of Agriculture Technology generated/promoted and Human resources and Capacity development.
  9. Promote application of ICT for agriculture development.
  10. Maintain and regularly update disaster related information (crops and property loss due to natural calamities)
  11. Mobilization of resources for Extension Programs.
  12. Regularly Monitor and Review Extension Programs and provide informations to Dzongkhags, Central Programs and ARDCs.
  13. Enhance linkages and collaboration with national, regional and international institutions and associations for knowledge sharing, technology transfer and capacity development.
  14. Focal Point for Ministry of Homes and Cultural Affairs (Department of Disaster Management)
  15. Focal Point for Budget and Audit related issues of the Division.
  16. Facilitate and Coordinate Workshops and Meetings including VRC’s.

4. AGRO - METEOROLOGY PROGRAM

AGRICULTURE RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT CENTRES

General Terms of Reference (TOR) of ARED:

Mandates:

  1. Co-ordinate and facilitate implementation of Research Programs to generate technologies for agriculture development.
  2. Co-ordinate and facilitate technology dissemination for agriculture development.
  3. Lead the formulation and review of research and extension policies and strategies.
  4. Lead the development of Five Year and Annual Plans and guide its implementation.
  5. Lead the Monitoring, Evaluation and Supervision of the implementation of the planned Research and Extension Programs.
  6. The division will be the secretariat for Bhutanese Journal Agriculture Editorial Board, Varietal Releasing Committee, National Seed Board, Food Fortification Program and Agro-met Advisory Services.

Functions:

  1. Lead, co-ordinate and guide the development of Commodity Research Plans and Programs (Annual and FYP).
  2. Lead, Co-ordinate and guide the development of Commodity Research Strategies (Short/Long Term).
  3. Co-ordinate National, Regional and International Collaboration with Research Institutes.
  4. Develop Project proposals to mobilize fund to facilitate Research and Extension Programs.
  5. Coordinate the Review and Formulate Agriculture Extension policy, framework and guidelines to support Agriculture Extension.
  6. Coordinate Capacity Building for research and extension staffs.
  7. Lead and co-ordinate the publication of peer reviewed Agricultural Journals (National, regional and International).
  8. Manage and share Knowledge and Information on research and extension.
  9. Lead Monitoring, Evaluation and Supervision of the implementation of Annual Research Work Plan.
  10. Co-ordinate Annual Research and Extension review and planning exercise.
  11. Collect and Compile Progress Reports on Agriculture Research Programs for submission to the Ministry.
  12. Compile and manage the administrative data.