August 7, 2017
The project committee members attending the launch meeting
Aizawl, August 7, 2017:
The launch meeting of a new Technical Cooperation (TC) project titled "The Project on Capacity Enhancement for Sustainable Agriculture and Irrigation Development in Mizoram" (the Project) was held today with the chairmanship of Mr. Lalrinliana Fanai, Commissioner & Secretary, Health & Family Welfare, Home Department, Government of Mizoram.
From 2013 to 2015, the Government of Mizoram and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) implemented "The Study on Development and Management of Land and Water Resources for Sustainable Agriculture in Mizoram". As a result of the study, a master plan for land and water resource development and management for sustainable agriculture was formulated and officially adopted as the road map of the Government of Mizoram for future agriculture and irrigation development in the State.
Based on the successful formulation of the master plan, a new chapter of the cooperation by JICA has just begun for the efforts of the Government of Mizoram on uplifting farmers' income through promotion of sustainable agriculture and irrigation development.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA India Office said, "It is my immense pleasure to witness the memorable occasion for the launching of the Project after tremendous efforts of those involved in preparatory work of the Project. About one month ago, we received a phone call from a farmer in Mizoram. He emphasized that the farmers in Mizoram wish the Project coming as soon as possible, expect the visible impacts on their fields and livelihood, and are ready to contribute from farmers themselves. I am really impressed with his passion and proactive approach of the farmers in Mizoram. In 2016, Prime Minister H.E. Narendra Modi set the objective of ‘doubling the farmers' income by 2022’. Why don't you target triplicating, quadruplicating or more? Let's create social innovation from rural villages in Mizoram! There must be a lot of challenges during the implementation of the Project, however, I believe we can overcome them under the strong leadership of higher authorities and proactive implementation of the executing agencies and farmers of the state, and TC from JICA."
Recently, in March 2017, the Loan Agreement was signed between the Government of India and JICA for "North East Road Network Connectivity Improvement Project (Phase I) (I)" which includes improvement of NH-54 from the capital city of Aizawl to Tuipang covering a length of approximately 350 km. Since NH-54 passes through Serchhip (Serchhip district) which is identified as one of the pilot Rural Development (RD) blocks targeted under the Project, synergy effect of both projects in terms of easier access of farm produces to large markets is expected.
Now, JICA's cooperation toward the north eastern region including Mizoram is actively in progress.
About the Project
The Project aims at enhancing sustainable agriculture and irrigation development in Mizoram. Bilkhawthlir (Kolasib district), Aibawk (Aizawl district), Serchhip (Serchhip district), and Champhai (Champhai district) in Mizoram have been identified as pilot RD blocks targeted under the Project.
To achieve the above goal, the Project will ensure to enhance organizational capacity of the Government of Mizoram to promote sustainable agriculture and irrigation development through 1) developing methods which comprise implementing guidelines, officers' manuals, and training materials for farmers, 2) enhancing capacity of the state government officials in planning and implementation, and 3) establishing collaborative implementation framework among the state government departments for sustainable agriculture and irrigation development.
JICA will dispatch Japanese experts to assist development planning, irrigation and O&M, farmers' organization, food crop cultivation technologies, cash crop cultivation technologies, farm management and marketing, land use and resources management, and environmental and social considerations. The Project will also address gender empowerment by facilitating women's participation into planning and implementation process. Trainings in Japan are also planned.
Established, by a specific law, as an independent administrative institution under the Government of Japan, the JICA aims to contribute to the promotion of international cooperation, as a sole Japanese governmental agency in charge of ODA implementation. JICA is the world's 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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