•  To provide technical support to the Extension agencies with respect to the nodal crop as and when required. In this context the Directors of Commodity 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 feedback to Extension Division;

•  To participate in meetings of Zonal Research and Extension Advisory Committee (ZERAC) and have closer interaction/coordination through this forum in relevant functions and responsibilities;

•  To watch the performance of the newly evolved released varieties of seeds;

•  To study and analyse the trends in weather; crop area, production and productivity as well as transport, marketing and prices;

•  To report regularly to Department of Agriculture and Cooperation on weather and crop prospects as well as market and price trends;

•  To assist Department of Agriculture and Cooperation in fixing targets of production and suggest measures to achieve them;

•  To build up relevant records and data for the nodal crop; and

•  To serve as a Secretariat for the respective Crop Development Council.


B. Area-specific functions in the Assigned States:

•  To 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 ;

•  To maintain liaison with State Governments/Departments and other development agencies on crop development programmes;

•  To monitor the crop programmes and report to Crops Division/States about the gap between planning and performance;

•  To monitor the availability of inputs and extension services;

•  To regularly report to the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation on weather, crop prospects, storage, processing, movement and prices of crops harvested;