GIS - 25 October, 2013: The Food and Agricultural Research and Extension Institute Bill which provides for the establishment of the Food and Agricultural Research and Extension Institute was voted in the National Assembly on 22 October 2013.
The Institute takes over the functions and powers of the Food and Agricultural Research Council, including its Agricultural Research and Extension Unit and will perform such other functions as may be imposed, and exercise such other powers as may be conferred on it.
The Institute shall be mainly responsible for introducing, developing and promoting novel technologies in the food and non-sugar agricultural sector, conducting research in non-sugar agriculture, food production and forestry, conducting extension and advisory activities in non-sugar crops, livestock, food production and agribusiness.
The Institute will also be co-ordinating, monitoring and evaluating research programmes and projects of different institutions engaged in non-sugar agriculture, forestry and food production.
It will also be responsible for setting research priorities in line with the needs of the food and non-sugar agricultural sector; promoting dissemination and practical application of the results of any research; setting up and managing research stations, model farms, greenhouses, hydroponic centres and other infrastructure for the purposes of promoting food and non-sugar agricultural technologies as well as promoting and encouraging non-sugar agricultural and agribusiness development.
The new Institute will also aim to promote and encourage agricultural and agribusiness development through the setting up of agricultural youth clubs and agricultural entrepreneur clubs; and promote dissemination and practical application of the results of any research undertaken under this Act.
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