Functions of the Department

The functions of the department include;

  1. Continuous inventorisation and Assessment of Agricultural Land Resources so as to put them into optimal use and monitor changes in their potentials for agriculture through systematic soil survey and land evaluation as well as evaluation of nutrient status of the various soils and appropriate fertilizer recommendations;
  2. Identification and Rehabilitation of degraded agricultural lands affected by drought, desert encroachment, soil erosion and Flood, and prevent the spread of these natural phenomenon to other areas through effective protective measures (such as effective land use planning, soil conservation programmes, and soil fertility management;
  3. PROGIS/Land use Management Technology Programmes for Agricultural Land Information Platform that serve as a vehicle to provide information Technology (IT) Infrastructure for effective Land use Planning and Management in line with Government policy;
  4. Decentralized Soil Testing Facility (Lab-in-Box) Aimed at using modern soil analytical Equipment for quick and reliable on the spot nutrient assessment that enables end users take appropriate soil management decisions.
  5. AFSIS 11- Nigeria Soil Information System Component is aimed at developing a practical, timely and cost effective soil health programme in order to enhance food security and improved livelihood;
  6. Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation services. The programme is to ensure the use of sound environmentally proven technical solutions to cope with dynamics of climate change using Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) and efficient sustainable land Management (SLM) measures such as; Agro – forestry, Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration, Conservation Agriculture (CA), Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM), Capacity Building, Advocacy and sensitization.
  7. Amelioration of problem soils such as salt – affected soils (sodic, saline soils, alkaline soils), acid soils, vertisols, sandy soils etc through adoption of proven technologies, such as applications of lime, crystallizers, agrolizers etc.
  8. Soil survey and land evaluation of agricultural lands along value chain crops to determine their capability and suitability for food and fibre production on a sustainable basis.
  9. Training and development of intermediate manpower needs through Federal Colleges of Land Resources Technology for Certificate, Ordinary National Diploma, and Higher National Diploma programmes. Also provides training to farmers and other relevant stakeholders through the use of demonstration plots for proven technologies.
  10. Promotion of Integrated Soil And Water management Services: Entails provision of small earth dams, On-farm water harvesting structures to impound water for irrigation, livestock, domestic and other water requirements of the rural farmers.