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Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Improving Pacific agriculture budgets

In 2011-2012, the agriculture sector accounted for 3 to 24 %  of Pacific Island economies and employed between 20 and 50 percent of workers in the larger Pacific Island countries. Despite this, over the same period, the sector was allocated only 1 to 3 percent of government budgets.  Fiji's Permanent Secretary for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Shaheen Ali, said “spending on agriculture in Fiji actually increased by 40 percent from 2012 to 2015 but budgetary contributions to the sector have not increased dramatically in the Pacific."  SPC’s Pacific Agriculture Policy Project (PAPP) Team Leader, Vili Caniogo stated,  “It is clear that allocations for the agriculture sector in the region need to increase. But there is a need for existing expenditure allocations to be effectively targeted, spent and that there is evidence that results are being produced.”

Source: solomonstarnews.com