To advise the Federal Government on national policies and priorities in agricultural research, training and extension activities.
Prepare periodic master plans for agricultural research, training and extension and advise the Federal Government on the financial requirement for the implementation of such plans.
Ensure the implementation of the approved master plans by the appropriate research institutes, universities and other bodies.
Supervise and coordinate the research, training and extension activities of research institutes establish under section 14 of the ARCN decree.
Prepare annual budget for agricultural research, training and extension programmes of the institutes under its aegis and receive grants for allocation to the institutes for the implementation of the annual programmes and to universities and other bodies for special research or training projects.
Maintain an up-to-date record of all existing facilities for research, training and extension in the agricultural sciences in Nigeria and advise the Federal Government on their adequacy and efficient utilization.
Advise the Federal Government on the re-organization of existing institute, including the creation of new ones, as are required to implement or further the efficiency of research, training and extension in the agricultural sciences.
Promote collaboration between scientists engaged in research in the agricultural sciences in Nigeria and their counterpart in other countries or international bodies.
Establish and maintain a National Agricultural Sciences Library and Documentation Center and publish or sponsor the publication of the research results in the agricultural sciences.
Carry out such activities as may, in the opinion of the council, further the advancement of research, training and extension in the agricultural sciences.
Legal Provisions of ARCN
The Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN) was established by Decree 44 of 1999, now an act of the national assembly.
The decree was published as Extra- ordinary Government Notice No. 78 of 26th May 1999, vol. 86.