The training staff deals with professional development of the different agricultural industries, by performing field experiments, observations and building model farms, according to a biyearly work plan.
The main training areas:
· Consulting farmers and assimilating new technologies and growing methods.
· Developing environmentally friendly production methods.
· Developing tools and methods that save on manpower.
· Writing crops protocol.
· Efficiently using drinking water and transitioning to wastewater.
· Acclimatization of new species of crops.
· Improving Management Agriculture and increasing the fruits size.
· Improving crops, quality and profitability.
· Reducing the use of pesticides through integration of pest control and plant protection.
· Improving the quality of the produce in all the animal industries and reducing the costs of reproduction fertilization and production.
· Optimizing the use of water in times of shortage.
· Controlled expansion of the use of wastewater and organic waste.
· Group activity - courses, training, tours, seminars and demonstrations.
Planning and Development Department
Part of the department's activities is the necessary tests for the implementation of the "Encouragement of Agricultural Investments Law" in the Center District.
· Consulting farmers in regards to submitting applications and handling them, in accordance to the Ministry's objectives and the annual development budget.
· Advising on and planning agricultural investments, general inspections, and tracking and gathering of data about the trends and changes in the agricultural economy in the district.
· Handling the renting of lands for agriculture, animals and pasture.
· Supporting by funds the growers of cattle and stock for production of meat.
· Coaching the farmers on the submission of applications to the New Crops Committee, and handling their applications.
· Coaching non-agricultural expansion plans and handling the registration of houses under the names of the renewed Kibbutzim members.
· Handling and reviewing applications for agricultural structures' building permission (about 400 applications a year).
· Handling requests for foreign workers allocations.
· A pioneering project of mapping all the agricultural lands, including the different crops (not including animals). The lands and their specifications are mapped on the computerized geographical mapping software. The information derived from that is used for reviewing and controlling the applications, creating a statistical database for the different crops, and long term planning.
Engineering, Water, Drainage and Soil Conservation Department
· Assigning lands for the different crops according to soil, drainage, climate, and water data. The data is gathered and used as a base for decision making in the fields of physical planning of the new crops, and for drawing plans for soil conservation and drainage.
· Topo-climatic mapping of most of the district's lands for matching crops and soils according to susceptibility to frost and protection against frost. The mapping is done on different levels of detailing, according to crop and the planning requirements.
· Planning and executing projects and professional coaching in the field of drainage and soil conservation.
· Planning and training for greenhouses infrastructure: greenhouses, net houses and so on.
· Processing data and preparing different plans with the help of a computerized geographic mapping software and analysis of geographic data G.I.S.
· Producing the planning maps and designated maps for the farmers.
· Advising the farmers on issues of soil conservation, drainage and adjusting the soil to the crop, with the help of instructors of the Training and Profession Service.
· Professional review of the agricultural roads plans in Arab villages.
· Preparing plans for improving pasture lands and developing other lands, reviewing plans and funding.
· Professional consultancy given by the Drainage Authority for the district.
· Consulting planning bodies on engineering projects, such as water planning companies, Public Works Department and so on.
· Reviewing water and irrigation plans together with the Water Commission, for projects that applied to the Agricultural Investment Authority for grants.
· Recommendations and instructions regarding recycling runoff water and drainage of agricultural structures.
· Reviewing building plans and recommending the planning committees on soil conservation and drainage.
· Presenting a professional opinion regarding drainage for agricultural structures, for the purpose of receiving building permissions.
· Handling the restoration of agricultural infrastructures that were damaged due to unusual climatic events.
· Participating in the environmental agricultural plans and in plans for sustainable development.
· Preparing and publicizing professional instructions regarding the different activity fields of the department.
· Providing agro-climatic service, including alerting against unusual climatic events.
· Representation on the local Planning and Building Committees in the Regional Councils.
· Handling natural damages: estimations, calculating preliminary compensation, ensuring the payments of compensations to the farmers. The department handled the flood damages in 1995, 1999, 2001, and 2006.
Economy Emergency System
There is an agricultural emergency authority in the Center District. The planning of emergency agriculture is meant to create a continuation of the essential agricultural activity, for the purpose of supplying produce and preventing long term damages to the different production branches from the aspect of operation and finance.
All Authority officials are employees of the Central District.
Preparing for Avian Influenza Disease
· Computerized mapping of the henhouses, the incineration and burying sites.
· Holding professional conventions on the subject.
· Exercising possible occurrences with the participation of all the Ministry employees and the district's authorities.
Field Services Laboratory
There is a field services lab in the district. The municipal authorities and the farmers are responsible for its operation, through an association that runs the lab.