Shortage and delay of funds from the Treasury has been cited to explain failed implementation of planned development projects in agriculture in Kilimanjaro Region.
The shortfall has significantly derailed the Agricultural Sector Development Programme (ASDP) according to a report presented during the 27th meeting of the Regional Consultative Committee (RCC) by the Regional Agricultural Officer, Simon Msoka.
The meeting under the chairmanship of the Regional Commissioner, Leonidas Gama, was told that in the financial year 2012/13, the region was allocated 3,894,367,000/- for the said agriculture related projects yet, until this final month of the year, only part of funds has been delivered.
Of the funds 1,590,046,221/- was set for DADPS investment projects and capacity building, while 2,262723, 000/- was for irrigation infrastructure at the district levels.
No amount was allocated for extension services and now each district council has been directed to set aside funds for the services.
“This is the seventh and last year of the implementation of the programme and we are far from meeting the set goals…" acknowledged the officer.
Msoka also called for clear explanations and accounting of fund use, warning all officials who may be involved in abuse of office by engaging in corruption and misappropriation of funds.
He warned that the projects set for implementation this financial year, 2012/2013 will be evaluated based on the value chain and this will mainly consider cash crops and related value addition through product development.