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Ministry of Agriculture


Radha Mohan Singh is the Current Agriculture Minister of India

Close to 60 percent of India's population finds agriculture as the means and source of earning their livelihood, directly or indirectly. In fact, along with the agrarian society, all the non-agrarian sections of the population are also heavily dependent on agriculture, for obvious reasons. Therefore, the role of the regulatory body, that is, the Ministry of Agriculture becomes very challenging and demanding owing to the vastness of its jurisdiction.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India is the supreme body that works towards the formulation and administration of the rules, regulations and laws related to agriculture in India. The major sections that the ministry looks after are agriculture, food-processing and co-operation.

Presently, the ministry is presided over by Union Minister of Agriculture Radha Mohan Singh.

About Agriculture Minister

Radha Mohan Singh is the Union Minister of Agriculture in the Narendra Modi government. He is an experienced political leader, who has been a member of 11th, 13th, 15th and also of the currently functional 16th Lok Sabha where he represents the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Radha Mohan Singh was born on 1 September 1949. A Rajput by descent, Radha Mohan Singh comes from Champaran, Bihar and represents the Purvi Champaran Parliamentary constituency of the state. He completed his education from the M.S. College of Bihar University. He is married to Shanti Devi and has a son and a daughter with her.

The former president of BJP's Bihar state unit, Radha Mohan Singh was inducted into the Narendra Modi government as the Minister of Agriculture on 26 May 2014.

Departmental Structure of the Agriculture Ministry

The Ministry of Agriculture comprises three key departments.

The Department of Agriculture and Co-operation

The department, under the Government of India (Allocation & Business) rules 1961, primarily looks after the promotion of the farmer co-operation movements.

The Department of Agriculture Research & Education

This department manages the 'Indian Council of Agricultural Research', but its primary responsibility is to look after the technological development, basic & operational research and ensuring good relations between various organisations and state governments.

The Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries

Ensuring the growth in productivity of livestock (domestic animals raised in agricultural set up) and aqua farming (farming involving freshwater and saltwater species).

Functional Structure of Agricultural Ministry

The Secretary of Agriculture & Cooperation is the administrative chief of the department and is designated for formulation and implementation of policies of Agriculture and Cooperation. The Secretary is assisted by Principal Adviser, Special Secretaries, Additional Secretaries, Agriculture Commissioner, Economic and Statistical Adviser, Joint Secretaries and Horticulture Commissioner.

Chief Office Bearers

Minister of Agriculture - Radha Mohan Singh.
Minister of State - Parshottam Rupala
Minister of State - Krishna Raj
Minister of State - Gajendra Singh Shekhawat
Other Staff - According to the official website of the Ministry of Agriculture, the ministry supervises five attached offices, 22 subordinate offices, two public sector undertakings, nine autonomous bodies, 10 national level cooperative organisations and one Authority.

Programmes Underway
As one of his prime initiatives, Minister of Agriculture Radha Mohan Singh has listed cow protection and better breeding of Indian cows, hence giving boost to the productivity of dairies. Ambitious schemes to provide irrigation and insurance to farmers are also amongst his priorities.

Sharad Pawar was the last minister to hold the position before Radha Mohan Singh. Some of the other leaders who have held the position are Jagjivan Ram, Chaudhary Devi Lal, Nitish Kumar, Ajit Singh and Rajnath Singh.

List of Agriculture Ministers of India

S. NoNameFromToPolitical Party
1Radha Mohan Singh27-May-2014IncumbentBharatiya Janata Party
2Sharad Pawar22-May-200426-May-2014Nationalist Congress Party
3Rajnath Singh24-May-200321-May-2004Bharatiya Janata Party
4Ajit Singh22-July-200123-May-2003Rashtriya Lok Dal
5Nitish Kumar27-May-200022-July-2001Janata Dal Party(united)
6Sundar Lal Patwa06-March-200026-May-2000Bharatiya Janata Party
7Nitish Kumar22-Nov-199903-Mach-2000Janata Dal (United)
8AtalBihari Vajpayee19-Nov-199822-Nov-1999Bharatiya Janata Party
9Chatura Nan Mishra28-June-166918-March-1998Communist Party of India
10Suraj Bhan16-May-166901-June-1996Bharatiya Janata Party
11Dr. Jagannath Mishra08-Feb-199616-May-1996Indian National Congress(then)
12Dr.Balram Jakhar21-June-199117-Jan-1996Indian Nation Congress
13CH.Devi Lal20-Nov-199020-June-1991Indian National Lok Dal
14CH.Devi Lal06-Dec-198902-Aug-1990Indian National Lok Dal
15Bhajan Lal14-Feb-198802-Dec-1989Haryana Janhit Congress
16G.S.Dhillon12-May-198613-Feb-1988Indian National Congress
17Buta Singh31-Dec-198412-May-1986Indian National Congress
18Rao Birendra Singh14-Jan-198031-Dec-1984Vishal Haryana Party
19Braham Prakash30-July-197914-Jan-1980Indian National Congress
20Surjit Singh Barnala18-June-197728-July-1979Shiromani Akali Dal
21Prakash Singh Badal28-March-197717-June-1977Shiromani Akali Dal
22Jagjivan Ram10-Oct-197402-Feb-1977Indian National Congress (then)
23Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed27-June-197003-July-1974Indian National Congress
24Jagjivan Ram13-March-196727-June-1970Indian National Congress (then)
25C.Subramaniam09-Sept-196412-March-1967Indian National Congress
26Sardar Swaran Singh01-Sept-196309-June-1964Akali Dal
27S.K. Patil24-Aug-195901-Sept-1963Indian National Congress
28Ajit Prasad Jain25-Nov-195424-Aug-1959Indian National Congress
29Rafi Ahmed Kidwai13/May/ 195224-Oct-1954Indian National Congress
30K.M. Munshi13-May-195013-May-1952Indian National Congress
31Jairamdas Daulatram19-Jan-194813-May-1950Indian National Congress
32Dr.Rajendra Prasad02-Sept-194614-Jan-1948Indian National Congress


Last Updated on August 12, 2015