March 11, Thimphu: The Royal Government of Bhutan has requested JICA to support a project called, ‘Chiwog grant assistance for Farm Mechanisation and Services’, 1450 nos. of power tillers has been requested under the project. To discuss further, a preliminary survey team from JICA led by Dr. Kunihiro Tokida is in the country from March 9-14.
The team met with Hon’ble Dasho Secretary, Tenzin Dhendup and senior officials from the Agriculture Department to discuss the project implementation. The meeting discussed the specific and feasible structure for effective use of power tillers, scale and delivery schedule, ownership of grant among others.
The Bhutanese team has proposed a plan to utilise the power tillers in hiring services after verifying the service feasibility structure through the ones delivered under KRII and submit an interim report by end of July 2015. The meeting agreed that the ongoing ‘Strengthening Farm Mechanisation Project (Phase II)’ will provide advice during verification of the said hiring structure. They also agreed to remove ‘Chiwog’ from the title to generalise the project.
After a series of project meetings, the ‘Minutes of Meeting’ was signed between Dasho Secretary and Dr. Kunihiro Tokida highlighting the initial agreements between two parties.
According to Mr. Karma Thinley, the Program Director for Agriculture Machinery Centre, there will be another round of project discussion meeting in 2016. He added that the power tillers can be expected to be delivered in 2017 at the earliest.
Tshering Doma with photo by Choidup Zangpo, ICS
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