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The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is an autonomous body responsible for co-ordinating agricultural education and research in India. It reports to the Department of Agricultural Research and Education, Ministry of Agriculture. The Union Minister of Agriculture serves as its president. It is the largest network of agricultural research and education institutes in the world.
The areas along the vast coastline of India have diversified conditions related to soil, rainfall, water resource, agricultural, horticultural and forest crops, fisheries etc. The area is rich in diversified natural resources but the people are some of poorest in the country.
The DAC&FW is organized into 27 Divisions and has five attached offices and twenty-one subordinate offices which are spread across the country for coordination with state level agencies and implementation of Central Sector Schemes in their respective fields.
Further, one Public Sector Undertakings,nine autonomous bodies, ten nationallevel cooperative organizations and two authorities are functioning under the administrative control of the Department.