IPSASB Issues Standard on Agriculture as Part of its Global Convergence Program

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    IPSASB Issues Standard on Agriculture as Part of its Global Convergence Program

    The International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB) has taken a further step in its global convergence program with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs), scheduled for completion by December 31, 2009, by issuing International Public Sector Accounting Standard (IPSAS) 27, Agriculture. IPSAS 27 provides requirements for accounting for agricultural activity.The International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB) has taken a further step in its global convergence program with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs), scheduled for completion by December 31, 2009, by issuing International Public Sector Accounting Standard (IPSAS) 27, Agriculture. IPSAS 27 provides requirements for accounting for agricultural activity.

    IPSAS 27 is primarily drawn from the International Accounting Standards Board's International Accounting Standard 41, Agriculture, with limited changes dealing with public sector-specific issues. For example, IPSAS 27 addresses biological assets--such as livestock--held for transfer or distribution at no charge or for a nominal charge to other public sector bodies or to not-for-profit organizations. IPSAS 27 also includes disclosure requirements that are aimed at enhancing consistency with the statistical basis of accounting that governs the Government Finance Statistics Manual.

    "Agricultural activity can be significant for the public sector in certain parts of the world, including many developing countries," states Mike Hathorn, Chair of the IPSASB. "This IPSAS provides financial reporting requirements that enhance accountability for such activity and are a further step towards our convergence target."

    IPSAS 27 is available to download free of charge from the IFAC website (www.ifac.org/Store). The IPSASB encourages IFAC members, associates, regional accountancy bodies, and firms to use these materials and to promote their availability to members and employees. 

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