Vanuatu Agriculture Ministry Launches Corporate Plan

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Plan to guide service delivery, collaboration with other agencies

By Thompson Marango

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, Feb. 13, 2014) – Vanuatu’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, Fisheries, and Bio-Security (MALFFB)now has a standard corporate plan to guide its work of delivering services required by the Government, private sector, and the people.

The minister responsible, David Tosul, when officially launching the Ministry’s 2014 – 2018 corporate plan last week said the event marks a special milestone since the MALFFB has been without a good Corporate Plan.

"The launching of this very important document today paves the way for the Ministry’s joint collaboration within and with other government agencies, notably the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Commerce, the Ministry of Finance and Ministry, of Foreign Affairs and External Trade," said Minister Tosul.

Tosul said agriculture is often referred to as the backbone of the economy but unfortunately the financial resources granted to the sector by the government on an annual basis is far from sufficient to boost greater growth in the various relevant sectors.

Extension of services has been identified by the Ministry as an area in need of strengthening in order to realize the Government’s overall goal of decentralization. With the blessing of the current Government, Tosul said his Ministry currently embarking on bringing life back to its extension services.

According to the minister, implementing the corporate plan will be a challenging task but is calling on all development partners to increase their support towards the Agriculture Sector.

Appeal has been issued to the Director General and all Directors of relevant units inside the Ministry to ensure that the objectives and aspirations embedded in the new Corporate Plan are implemented strategically and effectively with the available resources.

"The document will be meaningless if we – the Ministry’s staff and respective Departments fail to do our part in driving the vision, mission, and various objectives and strategies contained in the document," Tosul told his staff.

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