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Processes, Systems Dictate Quality Of Services: Minister Seruiratu

Implementation of Costed Operational Plan (COP) will measure and monitor efficiency and effectiveness of programmes.   The Agriculture Min­istry is all geared up to go to the next level through
03 Aug 2018 10:00
Processes, Systems Dictate Quality Of Services: Minister Seruiratu
The Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster, Inia Seruiratu (front/centre), with the workshop participants. Photo: Peni Komaisaivai

Implementation of Costed Operational Plan (COP) will measure and monitor efficiency and effectiveness of programmes.

 

The Agriculture Min­istry is all geared up to go to the next level through their development programmes.

 

The Ministry of Agricul­ture, Rural and Maritime De­velopment and National Dis­aster Development intends to implement Costed Operation­al Plan (COP) to measure and monitor how efficient and ef­fective their programmes are.

Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Develop­ment and National Disaster Inia Seruiratu expressed his sincere appreciation to the COP management for organ­ising their two-day workshop specifically for discussing its implementation processes and uses.

The workshop will set a plat­form for finalising their stra­tegic direction and key tar­gets for the upcoming fiscal year while considering their five-year strategic plan.

“The COP process will en­sure that we have a standard framework to measure and monitor how efficient and ef­fective we are implementing our programmes,” Mr Se­ruiratu said.

“Our processes and systems dictate the quality of our ser­vices to our customers and the impact of the sector.

“If our system is weak we will be late and not meet the planting season. We will not meet our production target. If there are gaps in our pro­cesses, we will do anything and everything.

“For the next two days, let’s focus and discuss at length on how best we can success­fully achieve our outputs and outcomes, aligned to the Min­istry’s Strategic Priorities, which is dovetailed with the Budget given to us for 2018- 2019 financial year.”

In addition, he said the current Annual Corporate Plan (ACP) would now be referred to as the Costed Op­eration Plan (COP).

“As we proceed to the next financial year, we should have a clear understanding of each programme and activities that we will un­dertake and how much of our allocated budget is as­signed to those activities/ programmes,” Mr Seruiratu said.

“These must be changed and I’ve briefed the Ministry of Agriculture Permanent Secretary David Kolitagane that COP management has spent a good amount of time reviewing their SOPs and processes that they would be improving.”

For the upcoming finan­cial year (2018/19), the min­istry’s allocated budget is $96.8million of which $37.8m is for operating ex­penses and $55 million for capital expenditure.

This is an increase of $10.5m (12 per cent from the $86.3m allocation of 2017/18.

In addition to this budget, the ministry is also allocat­ed $9.2m in donor funding (aid in kind) and a further $2m to develop the Goat Meat Industry and establish Brucellosis – Free Farms.

Minister Seruiratu said in total, the ministry had been allocated a record amount of $108million for the 2018/19 financial year and that was a clear indication of Government’s commit­ment towards the agricul­ture sector.

The 2017 Population and Housing Census recorded 107,568 households for Crops and 31,387 households for livestock.

These statistics clearly in­dicate to Government the size of budget needed by the ministry to sufficiently pro­vide services to our Farm­ing communities.

“We must therefore ensure that we design a plan that should enable us to fully implement our programmes for maximum impact and maximum benefit,” he said.

Strategic Priorities were under their 2018/19 COP and their five strategic priorities are as follows:

Food & Nutrition Security, Sustainable, Agriculture Livelihoods & Poverty Al­leviation, Climate Risk, Re­silience & Sustainable Land Management, Commercial Agriculture Development; and Quality Public Service Performance and Service Delivery.

“These priorities require effective management and execution of programmes through firm leadership, good governance, perfor­mance monitoring, com­mitments, accountability, honesty and transparency,” Minister Seruiratu said.

“This plan needs to be com­municated to each and every staff member of the minis­try through the Divisional Business Plan and their In­dividual Work Plan.

“This is to enable them to appreciate and understand their roles and responsibili­ties on how they are expect­ed to carry out their duties to successfully achieve our overall targets.”

“These planned targets need more men-power in or­der to achieve.

“Therefore, with the new Government reform pro­cess, we have embarked on our restructure that ensures the improvement of our cur­rent recruitment process and the positioning of right people at their right place and address their welfare by remunerating them fairly.”

“I believe that by doing so, we are empowering them to fully commit themselves to the job at hand, we have in­creased your pay to market rate through a proper job evaluation exercise.

“We have increased key allowances like over time from $9 to $20 also we have reduced tax burden to all lower income bands and putting more cash to your bank and FNPF accounts.”

He said they would be re­warded if they delivered through their PMS policy and guideline.

And they would be reward­ed by Government if they delivered consistently and performed at exceptional levels.

“These are things we nor­mally see only with private sector businesses and cor­porations because the re­ality is that it is now with Government,” Mr Seruiratu said.

“It is now happening at the Ministry of Agriculture so there is no more excuse for poor or non-performance.”

Edited by Percy kean

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