Ministry presents its mid-term review to Hon’ble Lyonchhoen

The Hon'ble Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji addressing the meeting
The Hon’ble Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji addressing the meeting

September 9, Thimphu: The Ministry of Agriculture and Forests presented its mid-term review (July 2013-June 2015) to the Hon’ble Lyonchhoen, Tshering Tobgay at the Royal Banquet Hall.

The Ministry’s 11th FYP outlay comprises of Nu. 13.5 billion, with Nu. 4.85 billion as capital outlay and Nu. 8.7 billion as recurrent budget. In terms of financial progress, there has been a cumulative expenditure of Nu. 2,106.398 million against a cumulative revised budget of Nu. 2,913.146 million for two years.

There are six sector key result areas under the Ministry including Food and Nutrition Security, employment opportunities and increase rural household income, accelerate RNR sector growth, enhance sustainable forest, land, water and bio-diversity resource management; enhance conservation of plant and animal genetic resources and enhance effectiveness and efficiency RNR service delivery. Under these, 16 results based programmes were implemented. Accordingly, out of 73 key performance indicators, nine have been achieved, 52 were on track and 12 at risk.

Major achievements highlighted were in terms of farm mechanisation, vegetable production, sustainable management of forest and water resources, biodiversity conservation, maize, milk, egg and beef. The Ministry also presented reprioritised activities and budget revision for the remaining plan period.

During the review, issues like delay in fund release, additional fund requirement, human resource constraints were also discussed among others. .

The meeting was also attended by the Hon’ble Finance Minister, Namgay Dorji; Hon’ble Agriculture Minister, Yeshey Dorji; Dasho Secretaries from Agriculture and Gross National Happiness Commission and donor agencies along with the heads of Departments and Agencies and senior officials from the Ministry.

-ICS

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