Concerns over Agriculture Funds

The Northern Province Governor, Garry Juffa, has called on the National Government to ensure that funds meant for Agriculture must be used for that purpose.

He made the comment sighting K750 Million under the National Agriculture Development Project that was squandered in 2012 by implementing bodies. 

Whilst Juffa applauded the Government for hosting the first ever Agriculture summit, however he called for guarantee that the same people who squandered K750 Million in Agriculture funds must not be allowed to handle any new monies meant for the sector.

He also called on the Government to look into the Oil Palm Industry Corporation issue, specifically for small holder Oil palm growers in his province.

Agriculture and Livestock Minister Benny Allen said the Agriculture summit would capture all the issues affecting the Industry.

On Opic he said there is no permanent board as yet. This is the same for the Cocoa board.

He envisaged that by early next year commodity boards should be restored.

Meantime Nuku MP Joe Sungi is of the view that there are too many commodity boards, thus causing a wastage of public money.

Meredith Kuusa