THE Department of Agriculture Planning and Management (DAPM) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) has successfully held its annual senior staff conference in Honiara.
The workshop gathered DAPM Staff and provincial coordinators from the nine provinces including Honiara headquarter staff to organize activities and responsibilities according to 2019 Annual Work Plan before implementation.
During the meeting participants have the chance to revisit and update Action Plans or resolutions developed during DAPM 2018 Annual Staff Conference, verify cocoa/coconut projects for 2019 funding, constructively discuss and understand activities in 2019 AWP for Cocoa and Coconut Programmes, prepare work plan budgets and confirm their schedules for implementation.
Although no training was done on recommended technologies on how to do data collection, transfers, storage and geo-referencing during the workshop, the participants were able to hear different power point presentations from other MAL departments and engaged in a field trip to Dr. Shane Tutua’s SPE soil laboratory at Ranadi and a drone demonstration on GPS mapping and data collection.
Simon Iro Sefa, the Deputy Director and Supervising Director of DAPM thanked the participants especially those from the provinces for prioritising the meeting.
“At the end of the workshop we were able to appoint and briefed provincial coordinators about their responsibilities to effectively implement activities in the provinces that does not have DAPM officers.”
“Also we were able to verify all outstanding projects and are now ready for submission to the Project Screening Committee (PROSCO) for further verifications before payments could be made.”
Iro Sefa therefore highlighted the need for stronger support from the heads of MAL in order to see positive outcomes achieved for the year 2019.
The DAPM Supervising Director explained that resolutions of the meeting will be properly finalized and then presented to the Permanent Secretary and Minister of Agriculture and Livestock.
Source: Ministry of Agriculture Media Release