July 29, 2022
On 29 July 2022 in Chisinau, the ceremony of handing over of the first batch of Japanese tractors procured under the Japanese ODA Loan Project for Modernization of Agricultural Machineries and Equipment (MAME) took place.
The event was hosted by Agency for Development and Modernization of Agriculture (ADMA) and attended by the prime minister, H.E. Ms. Natalia Gavrilita, the agriculture minister, H.E. Mr. Vladimir Bolea, Japanese Ambassador H.E. Mr. Yoshihiro Katayama, JICA led by Mr. Satoshi Sugimoto, ADMA staff, farmers and local agricultural producers.
At the ceremony, Ms. Gavrilita was offered the floor. The prime minister underlined the importance of offering full support to farmers under current challenging situations for farmers. Ms. Gavrilita said that she was glad to be at this event and celebrate the fact that agricultural producers of Moldova have access to new modern equipment under favorable financing conditions thanks to JICA.
Following the prime minister's speech, Mr. Bolea made his speech. Agriculture minister thanked for the incredible unconditional support offered by JICA towards the supply of technologies and modernization of the Moldovan agricultural sector, and Mr. Bolea emphasized the fact that MAME credit has the lowest interest rate amongst financial instruments dedicated to the agri-food sector.
In response to the above speeches, H.E. Mr. Katayama, the Ambassador to Moldova made a speech by expressing his hope that Japan-made quality tractors would help improve the productivities and yields, which in turn contributes to the economy of the country. Also, Mr. Sugimoto reiterated the importance of utilizing the tractors for better production and thanked ADMA's relentless efforts.
Moving on to the handover ceremony, the guests from both sides handed over plates and documents for the newly procured Japanese tractors to farmers. 11 tractors have been handed over to their new owners on this occasion.
In the first batch contract, in total 72 tractors, including spare parts will be purchased from the MAME project. ADMA announced that the remaining 24 more tractors will arrive in Chisinau in early August.