Terms of Reference:

· Outlining policies /strategies for agronomic products under the general mandates of the Ministry;

· Detection and prioritization of key agronomic crops within the low, medium and long–terms frameworks of the Dept;

· Planning and deciding on leveraging productivity index of farming elements/inputs followed by introducing proper farming patterns in compliance with varying cultivation capacities and climatic features;

· Formulation and circulation of applicable codes and conducts for improved quality and increased export of agronomic commodities followed by monitoring on their sound implementation;

· Investigation, identification and prioritization of research/training needs and forwarding them to relevant offices for action;

· Estimation of all required imputes, machinery, tools and equipments followed by due procurement and distribution via affiliated offices/agencies;

· Coordination and supervision on execution of basic plans in agronomic production under critical socio economic conditions and varying climates;

· Mobilizing mechanization development initiatives in favor of greater performance and in view to prevailing status ;

· Foreseeing and estimating quantity and supplying times of agronomic crops, added by evaluating the lacks or surplus products;

· Forwarding proposals on agro-crops market’s regulation and tracing the results;

· Analysis and detection of comparative advantages of agronomic commodities supported by impressive incentives/ motivates in production and supplying processes;

· Identification of needs and priorities for investment in agronomic Dept followed by due suggestions on raising resources for implication in the sector;

· Cooperation and coordination with affiliated offices for derivation of extension policies;

· Continuous investigation on challenges/opportunities associated to agronomic farming in various places followed by due technical remedial advices;

· Setting needed coordination with related offices in combating pests, diseases and weeds;

· Monitoring and evaluation of plans/projects linked to agronomic plantation;

· Participation in preparing agreements on approved credits under developmental schedules and further follow ups on their sound and effective implication in the Dept.;

· Prioritization of insurance coverage, subsidies and guaranteed purchase of agronomic crops for wider protection and coordination;

· Accessing to viable info/statistical systems in agronomic sub-sector for rendering informative consultancy services to practitioners, activists and investors concerned;

· Assessing agronomic plots in order to rehabilitate and survive them for development;

· Collaboration in detection and registration of certified seeds specifications of varying places and climates ;

· Coordination with private firms for on–time cultivation, provision and distribution of needed certified seeds / inputs in different provinces;

· Collaboration in formulating legal guidelines for export/import of seeds and other growing parts followed by due surveillance on their sound and effective implication ;

· Establishing scientific/technical ties with research/academic centers and institutions in favor of agronomic scopes and operation;

· Wheat Plan

· Irrigated and Rain-fed Wheat Group

  • Oil-seeds Plan
  • Rape-seed
  • Soybean
  • Other oil-seeds
  • Basic Crops and Cereals (Grains )
  • Pulses Group
  • Corn Group
  • Paddy Group
  • Barley and other Grains
  • Cotton, Oil–seeds and Industrial Plants
  • Cotton
  • Sugar plants
  • Fiber and industrial plants

· Fodder Crops and Melon Crops

· Vegetables

· Onion and potato

· Silo plants

· Non-silo plants

  • Mechanization Development Center
  • Planning and investment development
  • Technical and logistics
  • Agronomic mechanization
  • Orchards and natural resources’ mechanization
  • Improved use of mechanization and new technologies
  • Standardization and testing of agro-machinery

· Farming Pattern Unit

· Data collection Group

· Data collection and sorting

· Data processing and modeling Group

· Planning Group

· Operation and supervision Group

  • Improvement of Fertilizers and Plant Nutrition Unit
  • Plant nutrition and safe products
  • Agro-fertilizers

· Conservation Farming

· National Plan for Lake Urmieh Survival

· Sand-dusts Crisis

· Seeds affairs

· Planning

· Overseas Farming

· Training

· Public Relations

· Int’l Affairs


Operational settings and structure for Conservation Farming

There arranged specific mechanisms for leading Conservation Farming within the Ministerial premise as under:

- Supreme Body at MOAJ headquarter level composed of:

· Minister of Agriculture-Jahad (Head)

· Deputy for Agronomy (Secretary)

· Deputy for Horticulture

· Deputy for Planning & Economic Affairs

· Deputy for Water & Soil

· Deputy for Human Resource Development and Parliament Affairs

· Deputy Minister and Head of Agricultural Research, Education and Extension Organization (AREEO)

· Deputy Minister and Head of Forests, Rangelands and Watershed Management Organization (FRWO)

· Managing Director of the Bank of Agriculture

· Managing Director of the Agro- supportive Service Co.

· Managing Director of the Central Organization for Rural Cooperatives of Iran (CORC)

· Managing Director of the Plant Protection Organization (PPO)

- National Body at Ministerial level

Technical Committee at Ministerial level-

- Technical Committee at provincial level (led by provincial offices of the MOAJ)

- Technical Committee at district level (led by district offices of the MOAJ)

Commitments and responsibilities

Conservation Farming initiative becomes operational under direct supervision of the Supreme Ministerial/National set-ups. The Ministerial body will adopt policy requirements in developing agro-techs accompanied by internal/external coordination with concerned institutions. The National body is to formulate needed projects/activities and the codes and conducts favoring promotion of the initiative.

Technical body shall executes plans and projects, revises the codes and regulations, articulates needed machinery and equipments and their qualified manufacturers/suppliers, raises funds/allocations for projects in different provinces followed by monitoring and evaluation of performance and outcomes.

Key Strategies outlined in Conservation Farming:

1. Minimizing soil disturbance;

2. Permanent coverage of plant residue on soil;

3. Farming Rotation;

FAO statement on Conservation Farming:
The idea is implemented upon targeting certain objectives to exercise higher management on water, soil and biologic components plus other inputs added to the farms.
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