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JICA grants 32b kip for clean agriculture development

  • Wednesday, 21 June 2017 03:15
  • Last Updated Friday, 23 June 2017 08:49
  • Written by Thipphaphone Chanphengxay

The Japan International Cooperation Agency has granted more than 32 billion kip (US$4 million) to Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry to carry out a brand new clean agriculture development project.

The project purposes the supply of clean agriculture (CA) products, which includes organic agriculture and good agriculture practice, based on market needs to be promoted in a member of pilot provinces over a five-year pried and is expected to be launched in September of this year.

An agreement was signed in Vientiane on Tuesday between Director General of the Agriculture Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Mr Vilaysouk Khennavong and chief Representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Lao office, Mr Yoshiharu Yoneyama.

The project will first be implemented in Vientiane before three out of five possible provinces will be selected as target provinces within six months of the start of the project. The five possible target provinces include Khammuan, Luangprabang, Xayyabouly, Xiengkhuang and Vientiane.

The project outputs aim to strengthen the production and sales of CA products corresponding to market needs, meanwhile, will look to develop the Agriculture Development as a promoter of CA with provincial and district Agriculture and Forestry offices in the pilot provinces as facilitators of CA promotion.

The proposed activities of project include the conducting of a baseline survey in Vientiane as well as site survey in candidate provinces and the promotion of farmers' understanding of the market and strengthening farmer groups such as conducting business management training.

JICA will provide machinery, equipment and other materials necessary for the implementation of the project through mutual consultation within its budgetary limitations.

Meanwhile, Laos will take necessary measures to provide, a suitable office space with necessary equipment, supply or replacement of machinery, equipment, and instruments, including information and support in obtaining medical services.

JICA and Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry will jointly and regularly monitor the progress of the project through monitoring sheets based on the project design matrix and plans of operation. The monitoring sheets will be reviewed every six months.

In Laos, promoting CA is a principal agricultural policy for the development of its agriculture because fewer agrichemical inputs are used in the country compared to surrounding counties and such conditions are considered to be an advantage for the supply of safe and environmentally friendly agriculture products, for which the needs of consumers have been mounting.

Source: Vientiane Times Newspaper, MAY 24 2017