6 Feb 2008

Questions raised in PNG over government's agriculture development plan

11:50 am on 6 February 2008

Major players in Papua New Guinea's agriculture sector have questioned the government's management capabilities and accountability of the 36 million US dollar a year National Agriculture Development Plan.

The plan, which is the government's blue-print to develop the agriculture sector over the next 10 years, came under the spotlight as participants to a workshop organised by the Institute of National Affairs queried how the Government would be able to manage such a huge sum of money.

The Post Courier reports that the workshop was on the launch of the World Bank funded World Development Report 2008 focusing on agriculture for development.

The director of the Institute of National Affairs Paul Barker, said there was too much red tape in the government bureaucracy and the institute feared that this could affect the development plan.