Indeed it is a great honor and privileged for me to share few words. Agriculture employing above 40 percent of the labour force and contributing more than 20 percent to provincial GDP, is one of the key drivers of growth and an excellent opportunity to practice the diversification into areas with comparative advantages of climate. The role of Agriculture Department is to ensure food security, poverty alleviation and to generate employment opportunities through achieving higher growth rate in this vital sector of the economy. The Department is striving for achieving the future vision i.e. to meet the challenges of 21st century and to develop a vibrant agriculture sector that promotes value addition and helps taps international market for agriculture produce. The line departments of Agriculture include Agriculture Extension, Agriculture Research System, Livestock and Dairy Development, Livestock Research and Development Department, Veterinary Research Institute, On-Farm Water Management, Soil Conservation, Agricultural Engineering, Cooperatives, Crop Reporting Services and Fisheries Department. The line departments are all mandated for ensuring effective service delivery at the farmers doorsteps and provide all out support for the promotion of agriculture sector in the province.