Millets - Sorghum, Pearl millet, Finger millet, Small millets (Barnyard, Common, Kodo,Little, Foxtail). All millets, Maize & Barley are known as Coarse cereals


 (A)NODAL CROPS (Coarse cereals): assist Department of Agriculture and Cooperation to plan, coordinate and monitor crop development programmes at the national level and recommend measures to improve them. assist the States/Union Territories to plan, formulate and implement the Crop programmes to increase production and productivity . inter-act with National and State Institutions in planning the production of seeds . liaise with State Agricultural Universities and Central Government Institutes for organizing training courses in improved production technology . have closer inter-action/coordination with the Project Directorates/ Institutes and other Research Centres of the ICAR and represent Department of Agriculture & Cooperation on 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 farmer friendly schemes with unified approach for the over-all development of agriculture sector as a whole. keep in touch with research developments by Agricultural Universities, National and International Organizations and maintain the flow of information and ideas between research and development. have a close liaison with National Institute of Management for Agricultural Extension (MANAGE) in identifying the areas where MANAGE can provide support and bridge the gap in increasing productivity of the nodal crop. provide technical support to the Extension agencies with respect to the nodal crop as and when required.In this context the Directors of Crop Development Directorates 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. participate in meetings of Zonal Research and Extension Advisory Committee (ZREAC) and have closer interaction/ coordination through this forum in relevant functions and responsibilities. watch the performance of the newly evolved released varieties of crops . study and analyze trends in weather, crop area, production and productivity as well as transport, marketing and prices. report regularly to Department of Agriculture and Cooperation on weather and crop prospects as well as market and price trends. assist Department of Agriculture & Cooperation in fixing targets of production and suggest measures to achieve them. build up relevant records and data for the nodal crop. serve as a Secretariat for the respective Crop Development Council.


(B) Area Specific functions for nodal Crops of Sister Directorates in the Assigned States (Rajasthan & Gujarat) function as eyes and ears of Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, also for all major crops produced in the assigned States/ Union Territories and to function as ‘Area Officers’ for these States/Union Territories. maintain liaison with State Governments/ Departments and other development agencies on crop development programmes. monitor the crop programmes and report to Crops Division/States about gap between planning and performance. monitor the availability of inputs and extension services. regularly report to the Department of Agriculture & Cooperation on weather, crop prospects, storage , processing, movement and prices of crops harvested. report to the other crop Directorates on matters relating to the respective nodal crop, Weather, crop prospects, and other important developments. represent Department of Agriculture & Cooperation on Central Study Teams etc. participate inKharif/RabiConference, Zonal Seed meeting etc.

(C) Keeping in view the importance and relevance of CDDs, crucial activities relating to crop cultivation given hereunder were also included in the mandate of CDDs vide DAC&FW OM No. 18-2/2001-CA-III dated December, 2004.

1.water management - timely opening and closing of canals and water use efficiency.

2.assessment of inputs requirements - fertilizers, pesticides, seeds etc. for crops for obtaining optimal yields.

3.tracking progress and promotion of new crop varieties.

4.monitoring/tracking progress of horticulture crops and programmes therefor in the assigned States. and

5.being more visible and interactive with States for promotion and development of crops/varieties.

(D) Duties of Crops Development Directorate as per minutes of meeting of the CDDs (DAC&FW letter No. 18-33/2016-CA-III dated 27th October, 2016)

1. Providing weekly crop coverage data to the Crops Division in the prescribed template.

2.Providing weekly weather watch report to the Crops Division.

3.Quarterly progress report of schemes executed by Crops Division and Oilseeds Division (Centrally Sponsored Schemes)

4. As a representative of Government of India, Ministry of Agriculture, in the Inter Ministerial Central teams to assess the damage due to floods, droughts and other natural calamities.

5.Report on pulses seed hubs, breeder seed production and the cluster Demonstrations.

6. Field visits to assess overall crop situation.

7.Carrying out the field visits to assess the performance of Centrally Sponsored Schemes like NFSM, NMOOP, BGREI, RKVY and CDP.

8.Evaluate the reports submitted by State Governments on the schemes funded by Government of India.

9. To participate in different zonal meetings on Agriculture and other meetings organised by State Governments and ICAR Institutes from time to time.

10. To prepare Status note of Agriculture situation of the assigned states.

11. To document and share the success stories of Centrally Sponsored Schemes.


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