II. NATIONAL INSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR INTEGRATING ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS INTO THE POLICY DECISION PROCESS
B. The evolution and existing structure of institutional arrangements for the tea sector in the various ministries and agencies
The Ministry of Agriculture and Land plays a vital role as the ministry responsible for policy decisions concerning land use, soil degradation and soil conservation, all of which have an important bearing on environmental policy decisions pertaining to the tea sector.
The Land-use Policy Planning Division of the Ministry is in the process of preparing a land-use policy planning document which involves the consolidation of several existing Acts relating to land use, soil conservation etc.
The Department of Agriculture, which functions under the purview of the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, also has a Land and Water Use Division which considers policy issues related to the use of agricultural land.