Rural Horticulture Extension Officer (RHEO): Criteria, Work, Salary

RHEO or Rural Horticulture Extension Officer is a field level Officer, generally under the department of Horticulture. It is a state government post.

The person or the employee associated with this post is known as RHEO.

Similiar post: RAEO

General info.: RHEO or Rural Horticulture Extension Officer.

Type: Government service (State Government Post)

Commonly Known as: RHEO, Rural Horticulture Exention Officer.

Works under: SHDO, Senior Horticulture Development Officer.

Grade 03: (class three)

Grade pay: 2,400 – 2,800.

Field of Work: Villages.

Also read: Senior Horticulture Development Officer

(1). Eligiblity Criteria

1.1 PAT

Students have to clear PAT or Pre Agricultural Test for B. Sc. Agriculture Degree Programme.

1.2 B. Sc. Agriculture

The B. Sc. Agriculture is a 4 year’s degree programme.

A student has to clear 4 year’s degree programme to be eligible for the post.

The Master of Science in Agriculture or M. Sc. Ag. is a 2-year degree programme.

Students who have degree of B. Sc. Ag., are eligible for this post.

What with B. Sc. Science Degree?

Also read: Senior Agriculture Development Officer

B. Sc.  (including biology)

B. Sc. Science is a no-semester degree programme. Generally, it is a 3-year degree programme.

It doesn’t require any competition  exam to get into a common B. Sc. Degree Programme.

Science, particularly biology, is associated with the study of different living beings.

Students are not eligible with B. Sc. Science.

Also read: Assistant Director of Agriculture

(2). Procedures of Selection

Step 01. Completing PAT..

Complete B. Sc.

Step 02. Completing B. Sc. Ag.

Complete 4 year’s degree programme.

Step 03. Clearing entrance exam related with this post

Now, a candidate has to clear the entrance exam related with this post.

Notification of vacant posts is released by the department. Exam conducting body may be different.

(3). Works and Duties of an Rural Horticulture Exention Officer

As follows:

  • Extension works.
  • Training works.
  • Execution of annual plans and schemes.
  • Field visits.
  • Training.

3.1 Extension works

Research and Technology

New methods and technologies are discovered by the regional research stations. It may be a KVK, State Agricultural University or other governmental institute.

The exists methods and technologies along with new findings are

Also read: Assistant Director of Horticulture


Extension of current plans and schemes is very important.

3.2 Training

1. Training to self-help groups.
2. Training in Kisan Mela.
3. Training in any Programme.

All training are related with management practice.


First, training for farm management practices.
Second, training for production of vermicompost.

3.3 Execution of Annual Plans and Schemes

Each RHEO is assigned with a fix number of target for each year.

Example of some plans and schemes are as follows:

1. Poshan Badi Yojana.
2. Narwa Garwa Ghurwa Badi.
3. Distribution of fruit plants.
4. Community fencing scheme.
5. Pack house.
6. Other.

Brief Explanation

Poshan Badi Yojana

1. Eligiblity: ST, SC, OBC, General.
2. Subsidy: 75 – 90% or free.

Contact person: RHEO.

Narwa Garwa Ghurwa Bari

1. Eligiblity: ST, SC, OBC, General.
2. Subsidy: 75 – 90%.

Contact person: Rural Horticulture Extension Officer

Badi Vikas Yojana

1. Eligiblity: All categories.
2. Subsidy: 75 – 90%.

Distribution of Fruit Plant

1. Eligiblity: ST, SC, OBC, General.
2. Subsidy: Free.

Contact person: RHEO.

Community Fencing

1. Eligiblity: ST, SC, OBC, General.
2. Subsidy: 75 – 90%.

Pack House

1. Eligiblity: ST, SC, OBC, General.
2. Subsidy: 75 – 90%.

3.4 Filed Visit

Each RHEO is given 4 – 10 Villages. According to daily schedule, an avfo has to visit the field.

3.5 Duties

Attending Meetings

  • Meetings of Veterinary Field Officer.
  • Meetings of Assistant Director.
  • Meeting of SDM.
  • Meeting of DM.

Example of Duties

  • Kisan Mela
  • Extension.
  • Exhibition.


  • Agricultural cams.
  • Other camps.

Election duty

  • Election duties (during the time of election).

Also read: Assistant Veterinary Field Officer

(4). Salary of a RHEO

Acording to 7th grade pay..

1. Pay scale is 2,400 – 2,800.
2. Starting salary is 26,000+ INR.


After certain period, a RHEO is promoted to the post of Horticulture Development Officer.

(5). Explanation of Post Related Words

Field Officer

A field officeris a category of officer. All field officers from agriculture and its allied sectors work hard to achieve government’s goals by executing annual plans.

Grade pay

The grade pay or pay scale is a unit which tells how much amount a employee would get per month for his work or duty.

Grade scale is different for different employees, and it is based on the grade of the post.

Frequently Asked Questions

Quetion 01. What is class three post?

Answer: A class three post is the post of Non-Gazetted Officers. The class three post can be identified by its pay scale.

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