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The Department delivers the following services:
Rural Infrastructure Division
Provides and oversees the development of rural infrastructure in selected agricultural areas of the country and the Staple Crops Processing Zones (SCPZs);
Handles feeder road, water supply and sanitation, and communication and Jetties for rural development;
Promotes accessibility (transportation) for rural farming communities;
Provides safe water and sanitary in rural communities;
Promotes the development of on-farm structure;
Promotes the establishment of multipurpose halls;
Promotes public facilities utilities; and
Promotes the utilization of alternative source of energy in rural areas.
The major activities of the Division include:
Provision of rural roads(surface dressed and earth roads),
Provision of water for rural cvommunities( mainly boreholes),
Provision of multi – purpose centers equipped with skill acquisition equipment and facilities,and
Provision of alternative energy sources such as briquette stoves.
Rural Community Mobilization Division
Ensures that the rural communities are appropriately mobilized and engaged in all the segments of agricultural value chains
Promotes off-farm rural livelihood through micro-livestock production such as grass-cutter rearing, silviculture (bee-keeping), mushroom production, rabbitery and
Promotes Household Nutrition and Hygiene in farming communities.
Undertakes Rural Community Health Mobilization to prevent contagious infections and and sustain recreational activities and healthy living in rural farming communities.
Promotes Rural Community Mobilization for Agricultural Development.
Coordinates the formation and operation of Community Based Rural Development Organizations (CBRDOs).
Encourages collaboration with Rural Development Agencies/Institutions at National and International levels such as African-Asian Rural Development Organisation (AARDO).
Promotes synergy between the Department and other relevant Agencies with related mandates.
Non-Farm Employment Division
Develops rural non-farm and off season income generating activities to mitigate the rural-urban migration,
Builds rural transformation in agricultural development, technology, craft, arts and other skills to attract investment and aid from individuals, private sectors, Government and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).
Undertakes capacity building of rural dwellers on non-farm activities and enterprises.
Promotes the exhibition of rural crafts, enterprises and technologies adoption and adaption for creation of employment and income generation.
Facilitates self-employment through Capacity Building and Empowerment in Non-Farm (Technical) Activities on Machine Repairs, Cooling System Maintenance and Tool Fabrication.
Promote rural farm tools fabrication and maintenance in collaboration with farm-machine fabrication institutes.
Promotes Community Nurseries for (Fruit) Tree Crops.
Promotes Local Food Processing with simple Local Machines.
Rural Financial Institutions Division
Facilitates credit mobilization and loans for Income Generating Activities (IGAs/Enterprises) of the Rural Dwellers.
Ensures and assists in linking of rural farmers with NIRSAL and other related relevant programme e.g. Rural Enterprise Development and Financial Linkage Services ( REDFILS)
Assists rural dwellers in the preparation of Business plans, feasibility studies and Enterprise development.
Assists rural dwellers in securing markets for their products and other services.
Ensures adequate follow-up and supervision of credits utilization and repayment strategies.
Ensures partnership with relevant institutions and coordination of credits delivery of rural productive activities funded by other donor Agencies.
Policy and Databank Unit
Formulates, coordinates, reviews, disseminates and implements the activities and programmes of the Department;
Establishes, Maintains and Manages Rural Sector Data in data collection, collation, analysis and farmer’s registration;
Handles the planning, budgeting and related issues of Programmes and Projects;
Provides computerization and information management
Handles the production, review and evaluation of technical reports;
Provides the secretariat and arrangement of technical workshops, meetings and seminars on policy issues.
Handles the survey and compilation of Annual Rural Welfare Statistics (ARWS) and dissimilation of the ARWS.