24 October, Thimphu: A project called, ‘Urban Re-vitalisation by enhancing capacity on floriculture and amenity landscaping’ has been approved for the enhancement of floriculture, horticulture and landscaping related human resources.
Approved under the JICA partnership program, the project will be implemented by the Fukushima Taki-Sakura Bhutan Committee and Town of Miharu, Fukushima Prefecture jointly with the Department of Agriculture under the Ministry and Royal Projects Coordination Office. It will start from November 2014 to March 2017.
During the project, Cherry and other experts from Miharu, well known for a huge weeping cherry tree called, Taki-Sakura (Waterfall cherry) with 12 mts high and believed to be ten centuries old, will trained around 50 trainees. They include the staff from horticulture, parks and public gardeners working in and around Thimphu. Some of them will be also invited to Miharu for on-the-job training experiences in floriculture, tree management and landscaping.
The Miharu experts will also look into the promotion of private business development in horticulture and landscaping. This is expected to boost the country’s economic growth and create employment opportunities particularly for the youths.
In order to work out the details of the activities and measures to be taken by the parties, Minutes of the Meeting was signed by Dasho Tenzin Dhendup, the Agriculture Secretary and Ms. Yumiko Asakuma, the Chief JICA Representative.
As per the minutes, the Ministry will provide the necessary information on data, security condition etc. and ease tax exemption for the project required equipments among others. JICA will supervise the overall implementation of the project.
With the project in place, Bhutan will have dozens of trained professional gardeners in floriculture, horticulture and landscaping with a capability of preparing a large number of saplings and flowers for plantation. The professionals will further impart their knowledge making the management of parks and trees more sustainable.
The project is also expected to improve the collaboration between two countries and enhance essence in line with the principles of the Royal Government of Bhutan.
By Tshering Doma with photo by Choidup Zangpo, ICS
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