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Mozambican civil society organisation the Observatory for Rural Matters (OMR) has said that the new Mozambican government must allocate a full 10% of the State Budget to agriculture, and not resort to “accounting artifices” to transfer less funds.
The OMR’s position is expressed in a document released today, in which the organisation comments on the inauguration speech of the President of the Republic, Filipe Nyusi, who was invested on Wednesday of last week for his second and last term as head of the Mozambican state.
“The central question now is to ensure the effective allocation of these resources and their distribution within the agriculture budget,” the note asserts.
The OMR notes that the allocation of 10% of the State Budget to agriculture results from the commitment made by the African Union (AU) in the Maputo Summit of 2003.
“There is no point using accounting artifices to demonstrate that agriculture has already received 10% (or more) of the State Budget,” the text says.
The money, it continues, must be directly allocated to the ministries related to the sector.
The OMR goes on to observe that aspects of Filipe Nyusi’s inauguration speech correspond to the concerns of civil society in relation to agriculture.
Among these are a focus on the development of family-based agriculture, investment in modernisation and in agro-industry, and the acceleration of the attribution of the Land Use Rights deeds (DUAT) to small farmers.Source: Lusa