A Highlight Of The Importance Of Accounting System In Agricultural Development Project.
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BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
Since 1974 the bank has committed $1.2 billion for Agricultural
Development Projects (ADPs) to increase farm production and welfare among small holder in Nigeria. OED reviewed five ADPs and a supporting Agricultural Technical Assistance Project (ATAP) all implemented between 1979 and 1990. Only two of these six projects had satisfactory outcomes.
In general, rainfed Agricultural production was far below projections. Macroeconomic condition, some national policies and particular design and implementation problems prevented amore significant impact.
Low cost irrigate development of low land area (Fadama) was. However, quite successful village water supply component exceeded their target. The ADPs have evolved to be “Permanent” institutions for rural infrastructural development and Agricultural services, but their role via a vis the regular state department need to be reviewed.
ADP concept: The ADPs were designed in response to a fall in Agricultural productivity, hence a concern to sustain domestic supplies as labor have move out of Agriculture into more remunerative activities that were benefiting from the oil boom.
Conversely, domestic recycline of oil income provided the opportunity for the government with bank support to develop the ADPs the project provided Agricultural investment and services rural road and village water supplies the governments adop of the ADP concept but the small holder sector at the center of the Agricultural Development strategy, and market clear shift away from capital _ intensive investment project for selected areas of high Agricultural potential.
The first ADPs in Nigeria was enclave project each covering a specific region within a state. Their early result impressed both the federal and state government, and there was pressure to replicate, the approach across while states. In 1989 all Nigeria 19 states had ADPs.
Two of the project audited_Ilorin and Oyo north were enclave project and were located in the middle belt of Nigeria whose main crop are rainfed cereals and root crops. The three other ADPs audited. Bauchi, Kano and Sokoto were state wide project in Nigeria’s northern zone. Cropping in this zone is based on rainfed in drainage lines that can support higher_value crops.
The northern ADPs applied on expanded version of the same model used in the early enclave projects in this zone. This project demanded a large amounts of capital and services and intensive management with hind sight, not enough thought was given to the implication of the large increase in scale or indeed to the less favorable production environment than existed in the smaller enclave.
All the five ADPs sought to increase food production and farm incomes. In all of them it was assumed that productivity increase would come form the use of improved technology, especially plan ting materials and fertilizer.
The Agricultural component of the projects were designed around system for developing technology and transferring it to farmers, distributing modern inputs, and land development including small_scale irrigation of Fadama areas and land clearing.
Investment and infrastructural included an expanded feeder road network, construction of farm services centers for input distribution and facilities for ADPs staff and operation. All project excepts that in Ilorin supported improvement in rural water supplies.
To support the Agricultural development goals the federal government introduce control on food import and continued its subsidize on farm inputs, particularly fertilizer.
- STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
- From 1979 to 1990 only two of the six projects had satisfactory
- In general, rainfed Agricultural production was for below projections.
- Some national policies, and particular design and implementation problem prevented a more significant impact.
- Village water supply components exceeded their targets.
- It was noted that there is poor communication of accounting information in the Agricultural Development Projects (ADPs).
- The gap is occasion by ignorance, lack of trust and personality clash among ADPs staff. This hinder effective and efficient gathering and dissemination of accounting information in ADPs.
- This create information gap among the financial and non_financial managers.
- The tripartite funding and control of ADPs makes their accounting and data processing management different.
- Incompetent on the part of the accounting personal is the major problem facing the accounting record in Agricultural Development Project.
- Illiteracy on the part of the state holders or farmer is a big problem. Some farmers can not take or keep accurate records of income and expenditure account.
1.3 AIM AND OBJECTIVE
The aim of this write up in there fold which are:-
(1) To highlight the importance of accounting system in agricultural project.
(2) To emphasized accounting obligation expected to every government accounting officers and their subordinate.
(3) To highlight the income of the government yearly or monthly, inform of income and expenditure account or budget.
(4) To apprise the government accounting system in general and that of Agricultural Development Project in particular (A.D.P).
(5) To emphasized on how to increase the account of national income in the Kwara State by using development fund for purpose of capital development project.
(6) To ensure positive record about the public by reducing the level of poverty.
(7) To ensure higher rate of working population