The Department offers teaching courses to the undergraduate (B.Sc. Honours in Forestry, Horticulture & Biotechnology) and postgraduate (M.Sc. Agriculture Economics) programmes of the university. The Master’s programme was started by the department in the year 2019 and the PhD programme was started in the year 2023.
General research agendas of the department are directed towards agricultural development scenario in the state and the country. Keeping this in view the research area which includes economic analysis of fruits, vegetables, flowers of different regions of Himachal Pradesh, as well as impact assessment of various social development programmes of the government.
More recently, the research issues related to environmental and natural resource economics including implications of climate change for the farm livelihoods as well as the economics of organic and natural farming as well as doubling farmers income have also been included in the research agenda of the department. Department scientists have published research papers and book chapters in leading national and international journals. Department in its journey of over five years was able to cultivate useful human resources for the country in the form of M.Sc. students.
The department has delivered lectures to Agri-entrepreneurs and farmers in various training programmes.