26 March, Thimphu: As of February 2014 a gap of 40% of the total allocated budget has been projected for the RNR Sector. Although some part of the budget would be supported by the Royal Government of Bhutan, the Ministry would have to continue exploring source for additional support to accomplish the national goals of the RNR Sector, shared official from the Policy and Planning Division, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF) during the RNR Sector Program and Project Coordination meeting organised by the Policy and Planning Division, MoAF.
The meeting was organised to serve as a forum for policy dialogue and aid coordination between the Ministry and its development partners as well as enabling development partners to deliberate on issues of mutual interest and concerns. The meeting was also an opportunity to provide a clear picture on the RNR sectors 11th FYP program framework, its resource position and highlighting areas of resource gaps.
His Excellency Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji, Minister, MoAF who graced the occasion as the Chief Guest acknowledged the donor agencies and shared that the achievements of the RNR sector were due to the support received from the development partners. About 61% of the capital resources were met from donor supported programs during the 10 FYP period.
Representatives from the developing partners committed their support to accomplish the national goals of the RNR Sector. The UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Ms. Christina Carlson, urged that the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests should take a proactive approach in food nutrition.
The Budget outlay for the 11 FYP for RNR sector as approved by the government is Nu. 4856 million out of which 60% is supported by the ongoing and pipeline donor support projects. During the 11 FYP, the Ministry is supporting Nu. 819 millions to the RNR dzongkhag and gewog programmes from the Central Programmes budget through Area Development Projects: MAGIP, RRCDP and RLP.
Representatives from GOI, EU, World Bank, JICA, SDC, Helvetas, Austrian, WWF, BTFEC, GNHC and MoAF also attended the meeting.
– Reported by Tandin Dorji, ICS
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