Career as Secretary of Agriculture

Stream : Agriculture Food and Technology
Sub Stream : Agricultural Biotechnology
Agrilcultural Secratary

 DESCRIPTION of Agrilcultural Secratary:

Secretary (A&C) is the Administrative Head of the Department and Principal Adviser to the Minister on all matters of policy and administration within the Department of Agriculture & Cooperation. He is assisted by Special Secretaries, Additional Secretaries, Agriculture Commissioner, Joint Secretaries, Economic & Statistical Adviser, Horticulture Commissioner and Plant Protection Adviser.A Technology Mission on oilseeds and Pulses and the Commission for Agricultural Cost &Prices (CACP) also function under the Department of Agriculture & Cooperation.

job responsibility of Agrilcultural Secratary
(1) establish jointly with the Secretary of Health and Human Services procedures for coordination with respect to nutrition research in areas of mutual interest; 
(2) keep informed of developments in, and the Nation’s need for, research, extension, teaching, and manpower development in the food and agricultural sciences and represent such need in deliberations within the Department of Agriculture, elsewhere within the executive branch of the United States Government, and with the several States and their designated land-grant colleges and universities, other colleges and universities, agricultural and related industries, and other interested institutions and groups; 
(3) coordinate all agricultural research, extension, and teaching activity conducted or financed by the Department of Agriculture and, to the maximum extent practicable, by other agencies of the executive branch of the United States Government; 
(4) take the initiative in establishing coordination of State-Federal cooperative agricultural research, extension, and teaching programs, funded in whole or in part by the Department of Agriculture in each State, through the administrative heads of land-grant colleges and universities and the State directors of agricultural experiment stations and cooperative extension services, and other appropriate program administrators; 
(5) consult the Advisory Board and appropriate advisory committees of the Department of Agriculture in the formulation of basic policies, goals, strategies, and priorities for programs of agricultural research, extension, and teaching; 
(6) report (as a part of the Department of Agriculture’s annual budget submissions) to the House Committee on Agriculture, the House Committee on Appropriations, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and the Senate Committee on Appropriations actions taken or proposed to support the recommendations of the Advisory Board; 
(7) establish appropriate review procedures to assure that agricultural research projects are timely and properly reported and published and that there is no unnecessary duplication of effort or overlapping between agricultural research units; 
(8) establish Federal or cooperative multidisciplinary research teams on major agricultural research problems with clearly defined leadership, budget responsibility, and research programs; 
(9) in order to promote the coordination of agricultural research of the Department of Agriculture, conduct a continuing inventory of ongoing and completed research projects being conducted within or funded by the Department; 
(10) coordinate all agricultural research, extension, and teaching activities conducted or financed by the Department of Agriculture with the periodic renewable resource assessment and program provided for in sections 1601 and 1602 of title 16 and the appraisal and program provided for in sections 2004 and 2005 of title 16; 
(11) coordinate the efforts of States, State cooperative institutions, State extension services, the Advisory Board, and other appropriate institutions in assessing the current status of, and developing a plan for, the effective transfer of new technologies, including biotechnology, to the farming community, with particular emphasis on addressing the unique problems of small- and medium-sized farms in gaining information about those technologies; and 
(12) establish appropriate controls with respect to the development and use of the application of biotechnology to agriculture.

How to become Agrilcultural Secratary?

The position of Secretary of Agriculture is a high-ranking government post in India, and typically requires many years of experience in the field of agriculture, as well as a strong educational background. To become a Secretary of Agriculture in India, you would need to follow these general steps:

1. Obtain a degree in Agriculture: To become a Secretary of Agriculture, you need to have a strong background in the field of agriculture. You can obtain a degree in Agriculture or a related field from a reputable university or college.

2. Gain work experience: You should have many years of experience in the field of agriculture, including positions in government agencies or private organizations. This experience will help you develop a deep understanding of the agricultural industry and its challenges in India.

3. Pursue higher education: A post-graduate degree or doctoral degree in Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, or related fields can help you gain an edge in the highly competitive field of agriculture.

4. Gain experience in government: Experience working in government agencies or departments can be highly beneficial for pursuing a high-ranking government post such as Secretary of Agriculture. You can consider working as a civil servant in the Ministry of Agriculture or related departments to gain relevant experience.

5. Develop leadership and management skills: As a Secretary of Agriculture, you would be responsible for overseeing the entire agricultural sector in India. Therefore, it is essential to develop strong leadership, management, and administrative skills.

6. Build a strong network: Building a strong network of contacts in the agricultural industry, including government officials, industry leaders, and academics, can help you stay up-to-date with the latest trends and developments in the field.

7. Apply for the position: When a vacancy arises for the position of Secretary of Agriculture, you can apply through the appropriate channels, such as the Union Public Service Commission or the Ministry of Agriculture.

Note that the process of becoming a Secretary of Agriculture in India is highly competitive and can take many years of hard work and dedication.

Agrilcultural Secratary is selected through IAS (Indian Administrative Services) Exams.

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