25 September, Thimphu: Hon’ble Lyonpo, Yeshey Dorji, the Minister for Agriculture and Forests (MoAF) met Mr Wencai Zhang, the Vice President, Operation 1 for the Asian development Bank (ADB).
Welcoming the Vice President, Lyonpo appreciated the ADB’s significant contribution in the rural areas. He expressed that considering the mandates of ADB, a huge scope of collaboration can be expected with the Ministry.
Talking about the Ministry, Lyonpo shared one of its aims to achieve agriculture self-sufficiency at least in some products through improved irrigation, land management, marketing, farm mechanisation etc. He also shared the Ministry’s plan to set up an agro-processing unit possibly at every Dzongkhag to help farmers sell their products easily. The Vice President appreciated such initiative stating it to be good for country’s economic growth.
The Vice President informed that ADB has been focusing more on infrastructure, energy, hydropower etc. and its contribution particularly in agriculture sector has been little. He enquired if the Ministry has any small pilot schemes which could link both the farmers and company. He requested the Ministry to share the list of possible areas for collaboration and assured that ADB will look into the proposals and see how it could be supported.
The Vice President is in the country from 25-28 September. During his stay, he will meet the Prime Minister, Ministers for Finance, Economic Affairs, Works and Human Settlement, Information and Communications among others. He is accompanied by Mr. Huiping Huang, the Senior Advisor and Mr. Gambhir Bhatta, Principal Specialist.
Bhutan has been a member of ADB since 1982; its key projects have included rural electrification, power sector, reforms, roads, urban infrastructure etc.
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