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Japan donates new farming equipment for farmers

December 21, 2018 6:12 am

A total of $1.82m worth of farming equipment and its implements were handed over by the Government of Japan to the Fijian Government yesterday.

These equipment include 4 excavators, nine tractors and 20 chainsaws that will be utilized by the Ministry of Waterways.

Permanent Secretary to the Office of the Prime Minister, Yogesh Karan says the machines will be used to assist sugar and rice farmers in Fiji in ensuring proper drainage for their farms and communities.

Karan says it will also provide support to other ministries that require its services especially in the disaster preparedness and risk reduction.

Japan’s Ambassador to Fiji, Masahiro Omura says the threat of natural disasters has been and will be increasing due to climate change, therefore strengthening of disaster preparedness and response is crucial in saving lives and minimizing risks associated with disasters.

The equipment together with its implements was procured under Japan’s grant aid scheme, the Economic Social Development Programme.