The Minister of Agriculture is the Responsible Minister for the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. Related portfolios include Minister for Biosecurity, Minister of Fisheries, Minister of Forestry, and in the past, Minister for Lands.
John McKenzie established the Department of Agriculture on 31 March 1892,
Between 1972 and 1977 the portfolio was titled "Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries". It was also briefly titled "Minister of Food, Fibre and Biosecurity", but responding to farmers' demands Labour returned it to "Minister of Agriculture" after winning the 1999 election.
Prior to Keith Holyoake receiving it in 1949, the portfolio "had become notorious as a political graveyard".