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Revamping Exercise Promises Better Efficiency

The Ministry of Agriculture has recent­ly established a procurement team. Permanent Secretary David Kolita­gane said this team was set up to relieve tech­nical officers of the burden of financial and
31 Mar 2018 11:00
Revamping Exercise Promises Better Efficiency
Permanent Secretary for Agriculture David Kolitagane during a parliamentary submission earlier this week. Photo: Parliament of Fiji

The Ministry of Agriculture has recent­ly established a procurement team.

Permanent Secretary David Kolita­gane said this team was set up to relieve tech­nical officers of the burden of financial and administrative documentation.

This will allow technical officers to con­centrate on their core activities of deliver­ing crop and livestock husbandary advisory services to farmers to increase and diversify production.

During the ministry’s parliamentary sub­mission early this week, Mr Kolitagane said they had also worked on building the knowl­edge and capacity of all officers involved in the procurement processes as a way to im­prove their understanding of the subject.

“The ministry has conducted procurement training at divisional level in co-ordination with the Ministry of Economy of Procure­ment guidelines and requirements,” Mr Kol­itagane said.

“The ministry is also improving co-ordina­tion and planning between its technical arm and the accounts team to prepare documents well in advance and avoid any last-minute, unplanned activity.”

Mr Kolitagane said that the ministry had exerted much effort to resolve all of the re­curring audit issues that had led to the quali­fication of their financial reports.

“We are working towards having an unqual­ified clean report for the next audit cycle for the 2017/2018 financial year,” he said.

Due to their cropping season and the change in their budget calendar, he said the ministry had also improved its planning programme to ensure that the release of funds and pay­ments are aligned to the planting season es­pecially for ginger.

“The programmes implemented by the min­istry have also seen an increase in the in­volvement of women and youths both in crop and livestock rearing,” he said.

Mr Kolitagane said there have been im­provements in the ration of female officers at the ministry increasing from 23 per cent in 2009 to 33 per cent in 2017.

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa

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