By Muhammad Bah
Mr. Ansumana Jarju, Director General of the National Agricultural
Research Institute (NARI), in presenting his institution’s 2013 Report
to the Public Accounts and Public Enterprises Committee (PAC/PEC) ofthe National Assembly, on Monday, 20 May, 2015 said the subvention and
budget for the year 2013 decreased by D2, 211,129.00 compared to the
preceding year (2012). This, he added, resulted in a reduction in
development and research funding.
He said NARI in 2012 received D9, 935,725.00 for subvention and D4,
100,304.00 Development and Research funds compared to disbursements in
2013 which were D10, 424,900.00 and D1, 400,000.00, respectively.
Mr. Jarju told the PAC/PEC that in order to compliment the development
and research allocations in 2013, NARI had to resort to mobilising a
substantial funding amounting to D20, 420,192.00 from external sources
such as International Research Centers (IACRS), donor institutions and
other organisations through competitive research grants collaborative
The NARI DG said the subvention and development funding from
government continues to be the main source of funding for the
In 2013, he said the allocation of funds from the GLF to NARI was
healthy and were able to sustain its fixed cost, albeit, regular
increase in personnel and other recurrent costs which constitute a
large proportion of the funds being spent.
He further told the PAC/PEC members that NARI was able to come up with
prudent financial measures and continued with a steady financial
policy aimed at engaging the Ministries of Agriculture and Finance and
Economic Affairs for proper and adequate funding of its Development
/Research portfolio to enable NARI develop, renovate and improve
research infrastructure and subsequently fulfill its national mandate
Concluding, he said the submission of research
grant and proposal started to payoff in the second quarter of 2013 and
that the Institute enjoyed improvements in their subvention, adding
that there is a significant shortfall in development funds
disbursement which enabled them to settle part of their social
security and income tax liabilities and continue to pay on a monthly
Sheikh Omar Taal, Chairman of NARI Board of Directors, told the
PAC/PEC the many ways that Gambia could achieved food
self-sufficiency, citing rice as an example. He said if Gambia could
utilize its two important natural resources i.e. land and water, there
is no doubt that the country could reach food self-sufficiency.
However, NARI was found to be 38% compliant under the Gambia Public
Procurement Authority (GPPA) and which denotes non-compliance.