KATHMANDU, Mar 1: Japanese envoy to Nepal Masamichi Saigo signed a grant contract worth US$ 168,159 (approximately Rs 1.9 million) with Country Director of AMDA Multisectoral and Integrated Development Services (AMDA-MINDS) Maiko Kobayashi for the support of earthquake-affected communities in Kavrepalanchok district through the improvement of agricultural production and marketing.
According to a press statement issued by the Embassy of Japan on Thursday, the support was made under the Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Projects Scheme for the fiscal year 2018 and will be implemented by AMDA-MINDS, an international NGO based in Okayama, Japan. AMDA-MINDS will work with local partner NGO, SAGUN.
The first and second years of the three-year consecutive project focused on construction/repair of irrigation systems and trainings of local farmers for the utilization of organic and local fertilizers. During the final year, the project aims to strengthen the capacity of agricultural cooperatives and to establish a marketing system to increase income generation. Through the project, AMDA-MINDS plans to increase the number of farmers who obtain income by selling their products from existing 91 to 300 households, according to the statement.
The project is expected to improve the earthquake-affected areas, especially Roshi Rural Municipality, by enhancing both the agricultural and marketing capacities of local farmers.