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Agricultural Planning

Commissioner: Samuel Semanda

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Mandate

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Under the Post Constitutional Restructuring (PCR) of MAAIF, the Agricultural Planning Department is mandated to: “Initiate, develop and prioritize agricultural projects and programmes, and to coordinate the planning activities of the various Departments within the Ministry”
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A key aim of its work is to ensure that the activities of the Ministry as a whole lead towards the fulfillment of the national policy objectives.
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Objectives
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  • Initiate, formulate, review and co-ordinate Policies in the Agricultural Sector;
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  • Plan, develop, monitor and co-ordinate plans, projects/ programmes, Strategies and investments in the Agricultural Sector;
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  • Maintain a comprehensive and up to date database on the Agricultural Sector.
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Structure
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Office of Commissioner, Agricultural Planning
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·         Overall management and technical guidance of Planning Department
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·         Overall leadership and support for all agriculture sector planning functions in the Ministry (including its agencies) and in the local governments.
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PLANNING DIVISION
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For strategic planning, development planning and programming
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Functions
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  • Definition of strategic priorities for the agricultural sector
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  • Formulation of development strategies, plans and programmes in the agricultural sector
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  • Provision of guidelines for the preparation of annual sector and district plans
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  • Co-ordination and integration of the national agriculture strategy into MAAIF departmental plans
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  • Identification and preparation of sub-sector investment programmes
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  • Co-ordination and harmonisation of stakeholders' Strategies to the national   agricultural sector strategy
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  • Co-ordination of the preparation of the sector budget framework paper
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  • Harmonisation of national agriculture sector strategies with regional and international strategies
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MONITORING AND EVALUATION
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For agricultural statistics, monitoring, evaluation and overall quality assurance
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Functions
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  • Monitoring and evaluation of development activities to ensure successful implementation of all programmes and projects within the Ministry, in liaison with the specialist departments.
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  • Sector and district monitoring and reporting of project implementation.
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  • Implementation of sector and district project and programme review.
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  • Preparation of project and programme completion reports.
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STATISTICS
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  • Designing and implementation of annual agricultural sample surveys.
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  • Liaison with USOS in the preparation and implementation of national sample census of crops and Livestock; and integrated fish fry surveys.
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  • Implementation of the Plan for National Statistics Development for the Sector
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  • Maintenance of a comprehensive database, base for the sector.
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  • Provision of agricultural statistics to users, who include all other departments, divisions and sections of MAAIF, other Ministries and departments, international agencies, NGOs, and others interested in agricultural statistics.
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AGRIBUSINESS AND FARM MANAGEMENT
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For agribusiness market research, commercial farm management and food security
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Functions
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  • Developing policy guidelines for the transformation of subsistence agriculture into commercial agriculture.
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  • Planning, monitoring and evaluating the improvement of agri-business and farm management countrywide.
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  • Providing technical advice to promote profitable utilization of factors of production on the farm, namely: Land, Labour, Capital, Entrepreneurship and Time.
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  • Training MAAIF staff and other trainers on agribusiness management, farm management, and farm records keeping, analysis, interpretation and utilisation.
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  • Providing policy guidelines in the promotion of profitable farming systems.
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  • Analysis of production and socio-economic conditions affecting on-farm and agro-industry operations.
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  • Developing guidelines and recommendations for improved on-farm and agro-industry operations.
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  • Dissemination of market information to farmers and other agro-industry operators.
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  • Working out strategies and implementation plans for national food security, and monitoring their implementation, in close liaison with the respective technical departments of MAAIF
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