The Department is in charge of all matters related to plant health, including issuance of import and export phytosanitary certificates for live plant material and horticultural crops, as well as for plant pest prevention or eradication programmes. The department is also responsible for enforcing regulations on registration and the use of pesticides and other agrochemicals.
The overall objective is to support sustainable, market oriented crop production, value addition and nutrition; for improved food security and household incomes.
The specific objectives are:
The Department oversees animal production programmes and has responsibility for good animal husbandry practices.
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”
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