March 14, Thimphu: JICA assures its continued commitment to Bhutan during a meeting held between the Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo, Yeshey Penjor and Mr. Hara Shohei, the Director General (DG) for the South Asia Department, JICA Headquarter. The Agriculture Secretary Dasho Rinzin Dorji was also present.
The meeting discussed some of the JICA related achievements. The DG shared that JICA will soon provide an additional sets of power tillers as proposed for improvement of productivity as well as income in the rural areas. He expressed his appreciation to witness that JICA supported machineries are being used efficiently and well maintained. He urged the Ministry to continue the proper maintenance of equipment.
Lyonpo highlighted that Japan has been one of the first development partners for Bhutan making a significant contribution in various ways. He assured that the support granted will be put in best ways benefitting the beneficiaries as well as the country’s economy.
The Director General shared that the proposal for capacity building in irrigation has been approved which will go a long way in enhancing the irrigation system in the country. He further mentioned some of the achievements of the Integrated Horticulture Promotion Project started in 2016 particularly in terms of vegetables and food technologies. He also shared the need to start the project’s next phase focusing on the niche markets.
Dasho Secretary highlighted that the power tillers will be very crucial for the Ministry’s on-going land development plan. He shared that mechanisation is one of the significant ways to attract youth and reduce rural migration. He further shared that due to transfer of technologies, some of the spare parts for power tillers are now being developed in Bhutan which is a big collaborative achievement for Bhutan and JICA.
Lyonpo later explored on the possible support in terms of value addition technologies, certification and irrigation infrastructure development for better opportunities. The Director General informed that the proposals will be considered on a priority basis.
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