Objectives/ Functions

A. Nodal Crops (Wheat)

  • To assist the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation (DAC), to plan , formulate, coordinate and monitor nodal crop development programmes at National Level and recommend measures to improve them.

  • To assist the States/ Union Territories to plan, formulate and implement crops programme to increase production and productivity.

  • To interact with National and State Institutions in planning the production of seeds.

  • To liaise with State Agriculture Universities and Central Government Institutes for organising training course in improved production technology.

  • To have closer interaction/ coordination with the Project Directorates/ Institutes and other Research Centres of ICAR and represent Department of Agriculture and Cooperation in their Management Committees and ICAR's Regional Committees with a view to benefit from research and improved production technology and assist the Ministry of Agriculture to formulate farmers friendly schemes with a unified approach for the overall development of agriculture sector as a whole.

  • To keep in touch with Research Development by Agriculture Universities, National and International Organisations and maintain the flow of information and ideas between research and development.

  • To have a close liaison with National Institute for Management for Agricultural Extension (MANAGE) in identifying the areas where MANAGE can provide support and bridge the gap in increasing productivity of nodal crop.

  • To provide the technical support to the extension agencies with respect to the nodal crop as and when required. In this context the Directors of Commodity Development Directorate may attend the State Level Crop Training Programmes ; provide literature on training manuals; and also periodically visit some such projects relating to their respective nodal crops and provide feed back to Extension Division.

  • To participate in meetings of Zonal Research and Extension Advisory Committee (ZREAC) and have closer interaction/ coordination through this forum in relevant functions and responsibilities.

  • To watch the performance of the newly evolved released varieties of seeds.

  • To study and analyses trends in weather, crop area, production and productivity as well as transport, marketing and prices.

  • To report regularly to Department of Agriculture and Cooperation on weather and crop prospects as well as market and price trends.

  • To assist Department of Agriculture and Cooperation in fixing targets of production and suggest measures to achieve them.

  • To build the relevant data and records in respect of nodal crop

  • To serve as a Secretariat for the respective Crop Development Council.

B. Area specific objectives for nodal crops of sister Directorates in the assigned state/ UTs (Punjab, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh.)
  • To function as eyes and ears of Department of Agriculture and Cooperation also for all major crops produced in assigned States/ Union Territories and to function as area officer for these states.

  • To maintain liaison with state Government/ Departments and other Development Agencies on Crop development programme.

  • To monitor the crop programme and report to Crops Division/ States about the gap between planning and performance.

  • To monitor the availability of Inputs and extension services.

  • To report regularly to Department of Agriculture & Cooperation on weather, crop prospects, storage, processing, movement and prices of crops harvested.

  • To report to the other Crops Directorates on matters relating to the respective nodal crops, weather, crop prospects and other important developments.

  • To represent Department of Agriculture & Cooperation on Control Study/ Teams etc.

  • To participate in Kharif Conference, Rabi Conference, Zonal Seed Meetings etc.