Since 1 September 2015, the Ministry of Agriculture continues to work as the Ministry of Rural Affairs.
„In addition to agriculture, fisheries and food safety, the Ministry of Agriculture has always been engaged in the problems of rural life. With the reorganisation of the Ministry into the Ministry of Rural Affairs we want to emphasize that at the national level everything going on in rural areas has to be dealt with in a broader way than so far,“ Minister of Rural Affairs Urmas Kruuse said.
Minister added that from 2016 several regional programmes as well as some activities from the Government Action Plan 2015–2019 will be transferred to the Ministry of Rural Affairs.
The Government of the Republic decided to transform the Ministry of Agriculture into the Ministry of Rural Affairs in May 2015.