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Governing area

The Ministry’s area of government includes three governmental authorities, threeadministered state authorities and in addition to those, four legal persons – two public enterprises and two public foundations. The power of the authorities in carrying out tasks under the Ministry’s area of government have been established in their statutes.


Public authorities

  • Agricultural Registers and Information Board (ARIB)

    The Agricultural Registers and Information Board organises the award of national grants and the European Union agricultural and rural life development grants, the Fisheries Fund grants and market management grants. Additionally, the ARIB keeps national agricultural registries and other databases and processes and analyses the collected data.

    Website of the ARIB »

  • Veterinary and Food Board (VFB)

    The Veterinary and Food Board conducts state supervision and applies enforcement by the state in the areas of veterinary practices, feed hygiene, food safety, farm animal breeding, market management and organic agriculture.

    Website of the Veterinary and Food Board »

  • Agricultural Board

    The Agricultural Board conducts state supervision and applies enforcement by the state in the areas of land improvement, crop protection, plant health, plant variety protection, seed and plant propagating material, organic farming, genetically modified crop management, fertilisers and gardening products.

    Website of the Agricultural Board »



Administered state authorities

  • Veterinary and Food Laboratory (VFL)

    The Veterinary and Food Laboratory carries out laboratory research to diagnose animal diseases and tests to control the safety and quality of food, water, feed and alcohol and performs the duties of the national reference laboratory and the authorised laboratory.

    Website of the Veterinary and Food Laboratory »

  • Agricultural Research Centre

    The Centre performs national registration and economic testing of varieties, follow-up testing of seed lots, carries out laboratory analyses of seeds, determines plant protection product residues and contaminants levels in plant and animal products and in the soil, analyses the test samples taken from the plant protection products, fertilisers, feed and food.

    Website of the Agricultural Research Centre »

  • Animal Recording Centre

    The Centre is engaged in carrying out the performance testing of farm animals and assessing their genetic value, as well as independently controlling milk quality.

    Website of the Animal Recording Centre »

  • Rural Economy Research Centre

    The Centre collects, processes and analyses the data necessary for the analysis of the farmers’ economic activities of the Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN), prepares contribution margin accountings, and performs the duties of the body, which provides the advisors to the agricultural sector with professional qualification.

    Website of the Rural Economy Research Centre »

  • Estonian Crop Research Institute

    The Institute is engaged in applied and fundamental research, makes agri-meteorological monitoring and forecasts, ensures the preservation breeding and preservation and research of genetic resources of the varieties, breeds new varieties and acts as a seed centre, offers research support to the advisory system, for legislative process and state supervision.

    Website of the Estonian Crop Research Institute »

  • Estonian Agricultural Museum

    The museum's main task is to perpetuate the Estonian rural culture, agricultural production, ownership, agricultural education and research, scientifically examine the collected materials, and exhibit and mediate it to the public.

    Website of the Estonian Agricultural Museum »

  • Estonian Dairy Museum

    The museum collects, researches, and preserves the materials reflecting the Estonian dairy history, mediates it to the public, and introduces the milk and dairy products manufactured in Estonia to the general public.

    Website of the Estonian Dairy Museum »

  • The Farm Museum of Carl Robert Jakobson

    The museum perpetuates the subject matters characterising the life and activities of Carl Robert Jakobson and his family, collects and preserves materials of cultural value that reflect the farming and living environment of the second half of the 19th century and mediates it to the public.

    Website of the Farm Museum of Carl Robert Jakobson »


State-owned public limited companies and foundations


Last updated: 23 January 2018