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CHAPTER - IV

  

PARTICULARS OF ORGANIZATION, FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES OF THE

Directorate of Jute Development

At the time of re-organization of the Crop Development Directorates in 1996, each Directorate has been assigned bifocal responsibility, i.e. a) for the respective specified nodal crops of the country as a whole and b) for all major crops in the States assigned to each of them. The Directorate of Jute Development has been assigned nine States and one UT, namely, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, West Bengal and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The Directorate of Jute Development, therefore, has to perform activities for the overall development of the nodal crops in the Country, i.e. jute/mesta and allied fibres and to perform the monitoring and related activities of other crops in the assigned States.

 

A. Functions for Nodal Crop:

 

•  To assist Department of Agriculture and Cooperation to plan, coordinate and monitor nodal crop development programmes at the national level and recommend measures to improve them;

•  To assist the States/Union Territories to plan, formulate and implement Crops programmes to increase production and productivity;

•  To interact with national and state institutions in planning the production of seeds;

•  To liaise with State Agricultural Universities and Central Government Institutes for organising training courses in improved production technology;

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

•  To 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;

•  To 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;