The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development is a governmental body of Nepal responsible for the growth and development of agriculture sector in the country. Local areas each have a District Agriculture Development Office (DADO). The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development is the central apex body of Government of Nepal to look after the agriculture and allied fields.
|कृषि तथा पशुपन्छी विकास मन्त्रालय|
|Jurisdiction||Government of Nepal|
History of the MinistryEdit
The Government of Nepal established the early form of this ministry, the Department of Agriculture, in 1952, dissolving the Agricultural Council, which was the highest governing body until that time. In 1974, the department was developed into a ministry and the portfolio of Irrigation was included resulting in the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation. After further restructuring, the Ministry of Irrigation was formed separately. It was in 1991 that the Government decided to strengthen cooperatives throughout Nepal and between 1999 and 2001, the ministry was named the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperative. When the portfolio of cooperatives was outsourced again, the ministry gained was known under the names of Ministry of Agriculture or Ministry of Agricultural Development depending on the current administration. In 2018, under the second Oli cabinet, the portfolio of the ministry was enlarged and the portfolio of Land Management was added to the then Ministry of Agricultural Development and the portfolio of Cooperatives was returned to the ministry, while the Ministry of Land Reform and Management was discontinued. In August 2018, the ministry's portfolio was adjusted again, due to a cabinet expansion, the Ministry of Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation was reopened while the agriculture-related portfolio was changed to Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development.
Former Ministers of AgricultureEdit
This is a list of former Ministers of Agriculture (or corresponding) since the Nepalese Constituent Assembly election in 2013:
|Name||Party||Assumed office||Left office||Portfolio|
|1||Hari Parajuli||Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist–Leninist)||25 February 2014||2 July 2015||Minister of Agriculture|
|2||Haribol Gajurel||Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist–Leninist)||12 October 2015||13 July 2016|
|3||Gauri Shankar Chaudhary||Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre)||4 August 2016||31 May 2017||Minister for Agricultural Development|
|4||Ram Krishna Yadav||Nepali Congress||26 July 2017||15 February 2018|
|5||Chakrapani Khanal||Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) until 17 May 2018
Nepal Communist Party from 17 May 2018
|16 March 2018||20 November 2019||Minister for Agriculture, Land Management and Cooperatives (until August 2018) |
Minister for Agricultural and Livestock Development (from August 2018 until August 2019)
Minister for Agriculture and Livestock Development (from August 2019)
|6||Ghanashyam Bhusal||Nepal Communist Party||20 November 2019||25 December 2020||Minister for Agriculture and Livestock Development|
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