The Department of Agriculture has been created mainly to provide Agricultural Extension services to farmers and to transfer the latest technical knowledge to the farming community, introduction of high yielding varieties, laying demonstrations, imparting training to farmers to improve skills & knowledge to boost up the agricultural Production and productivity. The objectives of the Department are to assess requirements of agriculture inputs well in advance and to regulate their production and monitor timely supply of seeds, fertilizers and pesticides, implements, credit etc., to farmers. The Department also performs the statutory functions under various acts and regulations (i.e., quality control) to ensure supply of quality inputs i.e., Seeds, Fertilizers and Pesticides to farmers, etc.
The Department is responsible for formulating and implementing National policies and programmes to achieve rapid agricultural growth through optimum utilization of the States land, water, soil and plant resources. The focus areas of the Department are:
- Marketing agricultural produce
To enable each and every farmer achieve sustainable and economical agriculture productivity.
The Department of Agriculture is performing following functions in the process of sustainable agricultural development.
- Ensuring quality & timely input supply
- Input Regulation
- Soil Testing
- Fertilizer Testing
- Seed Testing
- Pesticides Testing
- Generating Land Resources Database
- Facilitating Credit
- Facilitating Crop Insurance
- The department has enabled the delivery of some of above mentioned services like soil testing, fertilizer, seed, pesticide testing, Input regulation and farm mechanization to farmers through use of Information Technology
The total geographical area of the state is 114.84 lakh hectares, out of the total geographical area 40.5 per cent is under net area sown, 23.9 per cent is under forests, 10.5 per cent is under current fallow lands, 7.7 per cent is under non-agricultural uses and 5.4 per cent is under barren land uncultivable land. The land utilization particulars during the year 2012-13 are given below.
During the year 2011-12, the total geographical area of the State is 275.04 lakh hectares. Out of the total geographical area, 40.6 percent under net area sown, 22.7 percent is under forests, 8.3 percent is under current fallow lands, 10.2 percent is under non-agricultural uses and 7.3 percent is under barren and uncultivable land. During the year 2010-11, the net area sown under crops is increased to 111.87 lakh ha. (5.9%) from 99.92 lakh ha. during 2009-10. This is attributed to favorable seasonal conditions prevailed in the State during 2010-11.
Commissioner of Agriculture
A.P. State Co-operative Bank (APCOB)
AP State Seeds Certification Authority
AP State Seeds Development Corp Ltd
AP Cooperative Oil Seeds Grower’s Federation Ltd.,
Agriculture Marketing and Co-operation Department
Commissioner of Horticulture
AP Micro Irrigation Project
AP State Agro Industries Dev.Corpn.
AP State Warehousing Corpn.
Commissioner of Sericulture
The Federation of Sericulturists and Silk Weaver’s Co-op Societies
AP State Co-operative Marketing Federation ltd
Commissioner and Director of Agriculture
Commissioner for Co-operation and Registrar of Co-operative Societies
A.P. State Co-operative Union
A.P State Co-operative Joint Farming and Labour Contract Societies Federation
A.P. Cooperative Tribunal
Commissioner and Director of Marketing
A.P. Horticultural Mission
A.P State Co-operative Rural Irrigation Corporation
National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme