Sustainable management of natural resources of Cyprus is vital, as Cyprus is a small island whose 36.2% of the area is currently illegally held up by Turkey, after the military intervention that carried out in 1974. Within this context, the agricultural and rural areas that make up the unique character of the Cypriot countryside, forests as well as other natural areas and aquatic ecosystems, must be preserved and become more sustainable. The Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment undertakes the immense responsibility, to promote through an integrated coordination, the protection and sustainable management of the environment, natural resources, and the sustainable management of agricultural, livestock and fisheries production. Therefore, we work with a great sense of responsibility, to ensure a better quality of life for present and future generations of Cypriots.
Before the creation of the Ministry, responsible for the agricultural policy was the Department of Agriculture which was founded in 1896, with the first Director Panagiotis Gennadios, a distinguished agriculturist from Greece who was called in by the British Colonial Government due to his large agricultural experience and knowledge. He served until 1905 when he resigned and was succeeded by D. Sarakomenos, also from Greece.
1. Department of Agriculture
2. Department of Veterinary Services
3. Agricultural Research Institute
4. Land Consolidation Department
5. Department of Fisheries and Marine Research
1. Agrigultural Insurance Organization
2. Cyprus Agricultural Payments Organisation
6. Water Development Department
7. Forestry Department
8. Geological Survey Department
9. Meteorological Service
10. Mines Service
11. Department of Environment