The Education Ministry is getting the largest chunk of funds in the new national budget – $58.4 million of the $437.6 million budgeted for expenditure for the year ending June 30th 2013.
Next in line in terms of the amount allocated is the Ministry of Health – $46.8 million, followed by the Finance Ministry – $38.8 million.National Security, Labour and Immigration’s cut is $37.5 million.Tourism is allocated $14.68 million in the budget, and agriculture $9.46 million.
Critics of the government who alleged that Prime Minister Skerrit and his government have abandoned the agricultural sector, argue that the sum allocated to agriculture in the new budget is far from adequate.
However, the prime minister told parliament during his budget address on Tuesday that the government is continuing to invest heavily in the agricultural sector.
“Government recognizes that agriculture has the potential and provides the opportunity for rapid growth,” he told parliament.He said there was an increasing demand for a number of crops in which Dominica has a competitive advantage within the Caribbean, and that he wants to see agriculture playing a more dynamic role in the economy.
In the just presented budget, Culture, Youth and Sports get $5.05 million, and the ministry of Employment, Trade, Industry and Diaspora Affairs just over $4 million.
Smaller amounts have been allocated to other ministries.
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