Mps outraged at casp’s inefficiency

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The agriculture department has admitted in parliament there’s been a disappointingly slow start to the comprehensive agricultural Support programme (casp). the programme, which began in the  2004/05 financial year, was
intended to provide support  to land reform beneficiaries.  the department’s attie  Swart told members of the  portfolio committee on agriculture  and land affairs nearly R60 million  of the first year’s allocation of  R200 million was rolled over to
the next year. only R109 million  was spent. in the next year R250 million was allocated,and another  R43 million was rolled over. however, according to the  department this figure is an  estimate, since department officials  had discovered that money counted  as having been spent was merely  “parked” in a bank account to wait  for tenders or other bureaucratic
measures to be completed “a lot  of challenges were identified by  the provinces which affect the  delivery of the programme, such  as a lack of capacity – especially  a shortage of engineers and  economists; a lack of understanding
of procurement procedures;  poor planning; and a lack of  understanding of the programme, ” Swart told mps.mps were outraged  by these admissions. “the report is  naturally very disappointing,” said  Salamuddi Abrams of the anc he  suggested mecs of agriculture  should be summoned to answer  before the committee. –


Michael Hamlyn

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