July 22, 2016
MoU signed in the presence of (L-R) Ms. Anuradha Thakur, Secretary (Social Justice & Empowerment, Language Art & Culture, Irrigation and Public Health), Mr. Sujan Singh, Agriculture and Power Minister and Mr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA India Office.
New Delhi / Shimla, July 22, 2016: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed the Record of Discussions (R/D) with the Government of Himachal Pradesh to implement technical cooperation (TC) project titled "Phase II Project for Crop Diversification in Himachal Pradesh". Along with the Official Development Assistance (ODA) Loan Project titled "Himachal Pradesh Crop Diversification Promotion Project", the Phase II TC Project aims to uplift and stabilize farmers' livelihood level through further expansion of crop diversification according to agro-ecological situations in the 5 districts of the state including Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Kangra, Mandi and Una.
To achieve the above goal, the Phase II TC Project will focus on the enhancement of crop diversification model which was developed under Phase I TC Project and will ensure to strengthen the organizational capacity of Department of Agriculture (DOA) to promote crop diversification in the 5 districts through training & extension services to the farmers, compiling replicable packages on new techniques, identifying effective marketing activities, and formulation of five-year-action plans. The activities of the Project will be held in over 200 irrigation sub-project sites which have been developed under the on-going JICA supporting ODA Loan Project.
In the Phase II TC Project, JICA's Japanese experts will be dispatched for assisting vegetable farming, post-harvest activities, marketing, water management, gender empowerment and social inclusion. Trainings in Japan are also planned for capacity development of management level functionaries, field level officers and/or Krishak Vikas Association (KVA) members.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA India Office, said, "DOA, the Government of Himachal Pradesh and JICA's collaboration started way back in 2007, when ‘The Study on Diversified Agriculture for Enhanced Farm Income in the State of Himachal Pradesh' was inaugurated. This long-term professional relationship created rapport between us. Under such a favorable atmosphere, I believe that we can continue further success of the Phase II TC Project as well, so that recipients/farmers can realize better life".
Other than those above, JICA has provided an ODA loan for "Swan River Integrated Watershed Management Project", and "Capacity Development For Forest MNG & Personnel TRG Project" is also implemented in Himachal Pradesh, in order to contribute brighter future of peoples in Himachal Pradesh.
Established, by a specific law, as an independent administrative institution under the Government of Japan, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) aims to contribute to the promotion of international cooperation, as a sole Japanese governmental agency in charge of ODA implementation. JICA is the biggest bilateral donor agency. JICA works as a bridge between Japan and emerging countries, and provides assistance in forms of loan, grant and technical cooperation so that the emerging countries can strengthen their capabilities.
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