Japan commits USD 2.4 million grant to procure 353 power tillers

01-1The Japanese government will provide a total grant amount of USD 2.4 million under the project, “Improvement of Farm Machinery for Hiring Services of Tillage,” for the Royal Government of Bhutan to procure 353 power tillers. The grant aid agreement was signed today at MoAF conference hall between Mr. Koji Yamada, Chief Representative, JICA Bhutan office and Mr. Thinley Namgyel, Secretary of Gross National Happiness Commission in the presence of Agriculture Minister, Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji.

As per press release, this is following the request submitted by the Government of Bhutan to the Government of Japan in 2014 when the two governments held the 9th Bilateral Annual Consultation. “Following which the detailed need survey was dispatched and the scope of assistance for the project was confirmed on 11th May 2016 with the signing of minutes of Meeting,” stated press release.

Due to the mountainous terrain of the country, only two wheel tractors are suitable for farm mechanization. Bhutan has been receiving these tractors from Japan through KR II grant since 1983. Until now Bhutan has received 3186 sets of power tillers.

This continued assistance in Agriculture sector by Japan has improved the livelihoods of the Bhutanese farmers and brought about immense changes in the agricultural activities in Bhutan. The support in farm mechanization has helped increase food production and productivity, thereby contributing in government’s effort of enhancing rural livelihoods and alleviating poverty.

Bhutan government expressed sincere gratitude to the people and government of Japan for their continued support in socio-economic development of Bhutan.

 

Reported by: Ugyen Tshering, ICS

Photo by: Choidup Zangpo, ICS

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