Signing of Minutes of the Meeting on Strengthening Farm Mechanization Project Phase II

29 January, Thimphu: Mr. Jiro Takeichi, Team Leader, Detailed Planning Survey Team, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Mr. Thinley Namgyel, Director, Gross National Happiness Commission and Mr. G.B Chettri, Offtg. Director General, Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests signed a Minutes of Meeting on the Detailed Planning Survey on the Strengthening Farm Mechanization Project Phase II at the conference hall of MoAF today.

Mr. Chencho Norbu, Officiating Secretary, MoAF acknowledged and extended his gratitude and appreciation to the people and Government of Japan for their continued and unwavering assistance and support to people and Royal Government of Bhutan.

The Minute of the Meeting was signed in response to the request made by the Royal Government of Bhutan for the Project “Strengthening Farm Mechanization Project Phase II”. The Japan International Cooperation Agency sent a Detailed Planning Survey Team headed by Mr. Jiro Takeichi from January 12 to 1 February 2014 to discuss the project. During his stay in Bhutan, the team exchanged views and ideas with the concerned authorities of the Royal Government of Bhutan through series of meetings in relation to the project. As a result of the survey, both parties have reached consensus pertaining to the project design and implementation strategy which is fully covered in the Minutes of the Meeting.

The Technical Cooperation Project “Strengthening of Farm Mechanization Program Phase I” was implemented during the 10th plan period from June 2008-2011 with the project fund of USD 2 million. This project contributed towards promotion of the farm mechanization in the country at the Gewog level by improving the network and back-up services. The components of the project comprised of technical assistance, infrastructure development and procurement of farm machineries and equipments.

The signing program was attended by officials form Japan International Cooperation Agency, division heads and project managers from Gross National Happiness Commission and program coordinators and division heads from MoAF.

Reported by Penjor, ICS

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