Japan Provides Over US$ 277,000 To Support Agriculture

The Japanese government has provided grant assistance worth US$ 277,076 to support importance of agriculture and natural resources management in the Lao PDR.

The signing ceremony for the grant contract for this project was held at the Japanese Embassy to Laos on Mar 6 between Mr Takeshi Hikihara, Japanese Ambassador to Laos, and Mr Takatoshi Hasebe, Secretary General of the Japan International Volunteer Center (JVC), a Japanese non-profit organization.

Deputy Director General of the Savannakhet Provincial Department of Forestry and Agriculture Bounlieng Chanthavong, Deputy Director, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry International Cooperation Division, Ms Khekthone Chommanyvong, and representatives from relevant ministries and Savannakhet Province.

The project for food security through agriculture and management of natural resources in Savannakhet Province in the Lao PDR is a three-year project implemented in ten rural villages in Savannakhet Province.

The project aims to improve farmers’ livelihoods through supporting appropriate forms of agriculture in each village and create sustainable natural resource management systems by establishing community forest and fish conservation zones through local villagers’ mutual discussion, said Ambassador Takeshi Hikihara.

In the first year of this project, they will research various data on villages, including history, agriculture and natural resources to determine activities suitable for each village. They will also support construction of agriculture technique service stations and farmers’ schools in the target areas to provide technical trainings and disseminate information toward the local people, said Mr Takatoshi.

JVC was found in 1980. The JVC has been working in the Lao PDR since 1989, mainly in the area of agriculture and rural development.

It has implemented community development activities such as forest conservation and agriculture activities in Khammouane Province since 1993, moving to Savannakhet Province in 2008.

Source: Lao News Agency