The Fresh Produce Development Agency hopes to implement its 2017 annual operational plan through partnership and collaborative efforts with district authorities and provincial administrations, says general manager Mark Worinu.
He said this would enable FPDA to deliver market-oriented extension and agribusiness advisory services to fresh produce farmers and value chain players, given the current economic scenario.
“A number of MOUs and MOAs have been formalised with various districts authorities, provincial administrations and governments in 2016, and we anticipate to implement these operational year if commitments are honored.
“Moreover, we will continue to partner with international development partners such as Australian Center for International Agriculture Research funded through Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
“In addition, 2017 would be a preparatory year for the implementation of the project funded by International Fund for Agriculture Development.”
Worinu acknowledged the support of the Government, which he said despite the cash flow challenges, ‘continues to fund the institution through operational and development budgets’.
“We hope to be more focused to ensure resources are concentrated in priority areas.”