20 September, Thimphu: An eminent 10-member Japanese delegation team, led by its chairperson of special committee on Official Development Assistance (ODA) of the House of Councilors, Ms. Eriko Yamatani, called on the Hon’ble Lyonpo, Yeshey Dorji, the Minister for Agriculture and Forests (MoAF).
Lyonpo shared with the team the successful impacts of Japanese assistance in the east particularly in the field of agriculture development and education as well. He informed them on the huge demand for Japanese power tillers among the Bhutanese farmers.
Lyonpo further informed them that the Ministry during the 11th FYP would focus more on rural areas by providing all possible amenities such as electricity, roads, free seeds power tillers etc. He added that such resources would help to encourage youth in taking up farming. In addition, the initiatives such as the introduction of agriculture course at Schools along with the poultry and piggery farming to enhance nutritional value of students were shared.
When asked about the climate change impacts in the country, Lyonpo informed on the emergence of new diseases and erratic rainfall for which adaptation measure are being carried out.
Lyonpo further shared the Ministry’s plan to achieve self-sufficiency in cereals, vegetables, cooking oil and meat in the future through improved irrigation system and double cropping particularly in the Southern region.
Exchanging further, the delegation team shared about their visit to the Agriculture Machinery Centre on 19September. They said that they were impressed to see the efficient use of power tillers there and people repairing them on their own.
The chairperson expressed her appreciation for sharing the Ministry’s plan and vision with them. She added that these would help the team to further identify on the possible areas of collaboration.
The team is in the country from 19-21 September 2013 to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the two countries. They will also visit the Japanese assisted projects in Paro and Thimphu.
By Tshering Doma with photograph by Choidup Zangpo, ICS
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