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Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

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The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), is a Ministry of the Nigerian government that regulates agricultural research, agriculture and natural resources, forestry and veterinary research all over Nigeria.


Established in 1966, the Ministry has the responsibility of optimizing agriculture and integrating rural development for the transformation of the Nigerian economy, with a view to attaining food security and positioning Nigeria as a net food exporter for socio-economic development.


The mandate of the Ministry is to be a significant net provider of food to the global community, through the promotion of Agricultural Development and Management of National Resources in a value-chain approach to achieve sustainable food security, enhance farm income and reduce poverty.


Primarily funded by the Federal Government, the Ministry currently superintends almost fifty parastatals operating as either key departments or agencies across the country.



The Ministry has 2 major departments namely Technical and Service Departments

Technical Departments: Agriculture (Trees and Crops), Fisheries, Livestock, Land Resources, Fertilizer, Food Reserve & Storage and Rural Development.

Service Departments: Finance, Human Resources, Procurement, PPAS (Plan, Policy, Analysis & Statistics) and Co-operatives


Principal Officers

Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina
Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development with overall responsibility for the work of the FMARD


Bukar Tijani
Honourable Minister of State of Agriculture and Rural Development


Mrs. Ibukun Odusote 
Permanent Secretary Agriculture and Rural Development


Our Vision: Grow Nigeria’s agricultural sector

What we have started doing!
  • Execute an agricultural transformation agenda to support Mr. Presidents Transformation Agenda
  • Focus on agriculture as a business
  • Utilize the transformation of the agricultural sector to create jobs, create wealth and ensure food security
  • Focus on value chains where Nigeria has comparative advantage
  • Develop strategic partnerships to stimulate investments to drive a market-led agricultural transformation
    • State and Local Governments
    • Inter-ministerial collaboration
    • Private sector
    • Farmer groups and civil society
    • Sharp focus on youth and women





Phone +234 9 3141931, 31
Address FCDA Secretariat, P M B 135, Area 11, Garki, Abuja, Nigeria
Fax +234 9 3142532

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