Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries 2014/5 performance: Auditor-General; DPME and FFC briefing
Hunger and extended periods of malnutrition not only devastate families and communities in the short term, but also leave a legacy with future generations that impairs livelihoods, undermines human development, and economic growth. This became apparent when the Auditor-General of South Africa, Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Financial Fiscal Commission briefed the Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on the annual expenditure, annual performance, and spending patterns of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) and its entities.
The Auditor-General of South Africa (AGSA) informed the Committee that the lack of improvement in the overall audit outcomes was caused by the DAFF, Agricultural Research Council (ARC), National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC) and Onderstepoort Biological Product (OBP) not addressing past material findings on their annual performance reports and compliance with legislation. The Marine Living Resources Fund (MLRF) did address prior year findings and this resulted in an improvement on non-compliance matters.
DAFF, ARC, NAMC and OBP received an unqualified audit opinion with findings. The MLRF received a clean audit opinion with no findings on PDO and compliance. The emphasis of matter raised was on the material under-spending of the budget on fisheries research and development; monitoring, control and surveillance; and aquaculture and economic development to the amount of R92 564 000.
Pertaining to irregular and fruitless and wasteful expenditure, during the year under review DAFF showed a decrease on irregular expenditure, which amounted to R3 093 000 while its fruitless and wasteful expenditure increased to R199 000. The ARC showed a decrease on irregular expenditure. Expenditure incurred was standing at R648 209.00, and fruitless and wasteful expenditure increased to R15 447.00. The MLRF has shown an increase on irregular expenditure. The figure amounts to R144 878 000. Its fruitless and wasteful expenditure has shown an increase and it is standing at R18 000. The NAMC and OBP did not submit figures.
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