Bhutan re­ceives farm road con­struc­tion ma­chiner­ies from Ja­pan

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The Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture and Forests Ly­onpo Yeshey Dorji re­ceived over a heavy fleet of earth mov­ing ma­chiner­ies from the Ja­panese Am­bas­sador to Bhutan Kenji Hi­ra­matsu last Mon­day in Bumthang. The ma­chiner­ies in­cluded 30 ex­ca­va­tors, 20 back­hoes and other im­por­tant equip­ment worth of about Nu. 445 mil­lion. This sup­port is largest in the his­tory of Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Forests.

The Ja­panese Am­bas­sador in­formed the gath­er­ing that Ja­pan is very se­ri­ous in sup­port­ing Bhutan agri­cul­ture de­vel­op­ment. “Par­tic­u­larly hor­ti­cul­ture de­vel­op­ment, de­vel­op­ment of veg­etable, fruit har­vest, ir­ri­ga­tion project, road for de­vel­op­ment of ru­ral ar­eas and mech­a­niza­tion project” His Ex­cel­lency added.

Ja­pan is one of the largest de­vel­op­ment part­ners for Bhutan and has re­ceived nu­mer­ous as­sis­tance in farm ma­chin­ery; re­search and de­vel­op­ment projects for agri­cul­ture which has helped im­prove the liveli­hood of peo­ple and al­le­vi­ate ru­ral poverty.

The Min­istry re­ceived a to­tal of 35 ex­ca­va­tors, 5 bull dozers, 5 dump trucks, 10 num­bers of vi­bra­tion rollers, 2 trail­ers, 2 truck cranes and other equip­ment un­der first and sec­ond phase of the project. With this ma­chiner­ies re­ceived over two phases; the Min­istry has con­structed 2136 km of new farm roads and main­tained 1483 km of farm roads in the coun­try as of June 2017.

With the cur­rent fleet of ma­chiner­ies, the Min­istry aims to con­struct 457 km of farm roads in this fis­cal year alone and com­fort­ably meet the tar­get of the 11th FYP.

The sup­port re­ceived will help re­al­ize the ob­jec­tives of ru­ral ac­cess pro­gram in pro­mot­ing ac­ces­si­bil­ity, en­hanc­ing food se­cu­rity and re­duc­ing poverty.

The min­is­ter thanked the am­bas­sador, the Royal Fam­ily of Ja­pan and Gov­ern­ment and peo­ple of Ja­pan for the gra­cious as­sis­tance. He also added that the ma­chin­ery will be a re­source that will be used and en­joyed by the ru­ral farm­ers now and for years to come.

The day was an aus­pi­cious and great oc­ca­sion for the Bhutan-Ja­pan bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship.

Also present in the event were Mr. Koji Ya­mada, JICA chief rep­re­sen­ta­tive and of­fi­cials from JICA Bhutan and other Ja­panese busi­ness rep­re­sen­ta­tives who will sup­port with high level Ja­panese agri­cul­ture tech­nolo­gies.

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