Directorate of Oilseeds Development, Hyderabad is a sub-ordinate office of the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, located at “Telhan Bhavan”, Himayatnagar, Hyderabad (Telangana). This Directorate was set up in the year 1942 as PIRCOM (Project for Intensification of Regional Research on Cotton, Oilseeds & Maize) Centre which was looking after Research and Development of Oilseed crops in the Country. Subsequently, in the year 1966, this office was re-organized and research and development functions were bifurcated and research has assigned by establishing ICAR institute “Directorate of Oilseeds Research” where as development function remained with this organization, however it was renamed as “Directorate of Oilseeds Development” under Union Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India.

The Directorate of Oilseeds Development (DOD) is looking after the monitoring of Oilseed Development Programmes and Oil Palm Development Programme/schemes implemented in the country and also Central sector/sponsored schemes of Ministry in the assigned states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Telangana.

This Directorate is located in heart of city, 35 km from Rajiv Gandhi International Air port, Hyderabad, 6 km from Secunderabad Railway Station and 5 KM from Hyderabad Railway station at Telhan Bhavan, Himayatnagar, Hyderabad-500029 (Telengana) in its own building. E-mail ID:, Telephone: No. 040-23225257, 23225258;Telefax: 040-23224381. The Directorate’s website is

Duties of the Directorate

(A) Mandate for Nodal Crops (Oilseeds) :

  1. To Assist Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare to plan, coordinate and monitor nodal crop development Programmes at the National Level and recommend measures to improve them.
  2. To assist States/Union Territories to plan, formulate and implement crops Programmes to increase the production and productivity of 9 Oilseed crops.
  3. To interact with National and State Institutions in planning the production of seeds.
  4. Liaison with National and State Agricultural Universities and Central Government Institutes/ICAR’s Institutes for organizing training courses in improved production technology.
  5. To have closer interaction/coordination with the Project Directorates/Institutes and other Research Centers of the ICAR and represent Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare on their Management Committees and ICAR’s Regional Committees, with a view to benefit from research and improved production, technology and asses the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare to formulate farmer friendly schemes with a unified approach for the overall development of agriculture sector as a whole.
  6. To keep in touch with research developments by Agricultural Universities, National and International Organizations and maintain the flow of information and ideas between Research and Development.
  7. To have a close liaison with National Institute of Management for Agricultural Extension (MANAGE) in identifying the areas where MANAGE can provide support and bridge the gap in increasing productivity of the nodal crops.
  8. To provide technical support to the Extension agencies with respect to nodal crops as and when required. In this context, the Directors of Commodity Development Directorates may attend the State Level Crop Training Programmes; provide literature on training manuals; and also periodically visit some such projects relating to their respective nodal crops and provide feedback to Extension Division.
  9. To participate in meetings of Zonal Research and Extension Advisory Committee (ZREAC) and have closer interaction/coordination through this forum in relevant functions and responsibilities.
  10. To watch the performance of the newly evolved released varieties of crops.
  11. To study and analyze trends in weather, crop area, production and productivity.
  12. To report regularly to Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare on weather and crop prospect.
  13. To assist Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare and fixing targets of production and suggest measures to achieve them.
  14. To build up relevant records and data related to the nodal crop.
  15. Monitoring of Oil Palm Development Programme.

(B) Specific functions related to Nodal Crops of Sister Directorates in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala being assigned states to this Directorate.

  1. To function as eyes and ears of Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, also for all major crops produced in the assigned States/Union Territories and to function as “Area Officers” for Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala.
  2. To maintain liaison with State Governments/Departments and other Development Agencies on Crop Development Programmes.
  3. To monitor the Crop Programmes and report to Crops & TMOP Divisions/States about the gap between planning and performance.
  4. To monitor the availability of inputs and extension services.
  5. To regularly report to the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare on weather, crop prospects, of crops harvested, etc. through WWWR.
  6. To report to the other Crop Directorates on matters relating to the respective nodal crops, weather, crop prospects and other important developments.
  7. To represent the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare on Inter Ministerial Central Teams, etc., and
  8. To participate in Kharif Conference, Rabi Conference, Zonal Seed Meetings, etc.