Agri­cul­ture min­is­ter meets with Mr. Wen­cai Zhang of ADB

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yonpo, Yeshey Dorji, the Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture and Forests (MoAF) met Mr Wen­cai Zhang, the Vice Pres­i­dent, Op­er­a­tion 1 for the Asian de­vel­op­ment Bank (ADB) on 25th Septem­ber 2014.

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 agro­pro­cess­ing 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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