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December 13, 2022

Signing of Grant Agreement with Zambia: Contributing to an increase in rice production through the development of rice-seed production facilities

On December 8 the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement with the Government of the Republic of Zambia in Lusaka, to provide grant aid of up to 1,590 million yen for the Project for the Development of Rice Seeds Production Field and Training Facilities.

The objective of the project is to strengthen the system for disseminating rice-cultivation technology and the capacity to produce certified seeds at the Mt. Makulu and Mansa Research Stations. It will do so through the construction of facilities and the procurement of equipment needed for the dissemination of rice-cultivation technology, as well as through the construction of paddy fields and irrigation facilities for producing original-strain and certified seeds. This project will thereby contribute not only to an increase in the production of rice in Zambia, but also to the achievement of SDGs Goal 2 (Zero hunger).

Details for the project are provided below.

[Basic project information]
Country Republic of Zambia
Project title The Project for the Development of Rice Seeds Production Field and Training Facilities
Planned implementation period 26 months, including detailed design work and the bidding period
Executing agency Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Zambia Agriculture Research Institute
Target region, facilities Lusaka province and Luapula province
Specific project details (provisional) ①Facility improvements/equipment procurement
Rice training centre, rice field training storage, seed production field, renovation of reservoir, rice processing centres, agricultural machinery garages, dry yards, electrical machine rooms
Tractors, levee plastering machine, trailers, rice planting machines, combine harvesters, rice milling plants, seed sorters/dryers, microbuses, and hulling, sorting, and milling machines for tests etc.

②Consulting services
Detailed design work, bidding assistance, construction/procurement supervision, etc.


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