The country is unable to invest in the resources to strengthen agroculture

The state executed only 64% of the resources allocated by agricultural institutions to an improvement program in the sector, in the period from 2003 to 2011, said a report by the Comptroller General of the Republic.

The evaluation found that in that period ¢ 761,902,000 was allocated and used only ¢ 489,459,000 in shares of agricultural entities associated with the 2003-2015 Plan for Agriculture and Rural Life in the Americas (pagro).

The Comptroller evaluated the period from 1. January 2003 to 31 December 2011.

It was also concluded that the programs did not require compliance with the goals or objectives to which Costa Rica has committed to adopt the plan.

The senior Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), Gloria Abraham said in its budget implementation period is above 97%.

That plan was agreed at the Third Summit of the Americas held in Quebec, Canada, from 20 to 22 April 2001. Costa Rica is committed to fulfill the objectives of this initiative, allocating resources and programs for it.

In general, the leaders committed to strengthen the agricultural sector with improved competitiveness, food security, climate change mitigation and improvement of rural life in each country.

To assess compliance with the goals of the program, the Comptroller has defined its own index, which found that performance was always below the base year (2000). It took that year, before the beginning of the program, to compare it with the performance of the index indicators.

The report also explains the breakdown of each of the indicators, to define if they fell or rose. Some of them, such as the extent of the value of agricultural production in the gross domestic product (GDP), have varied widely in the country with the growing importance of new sectors in the economy, such as services.

In the aspect of competitiveness, measured the value of production and exports, the food security analysis took into account the percentage that is produced in the country’s total grain consumption, on the issue of climate change mitigation, measured agrochemical imports, and in the improvement of rural life, the percentage of agricultural employment, in the total.

According to the findings of the Comptroller, the actions did not contribute to programs related to the improvement of rural life, mitigating climate change and food security.