The Japanese government, represented by its ambassador to Cambodia, granted over $430,000 in aid for the rehabilitation of irrigation systems in Pursat and Svay Rieng province.
This measure should enhance farming in these rural areas, which will help secure the food supply of the inhabitants.
After a signing ceremony at the Japanese Embassy on Friday, Ambassador Horinouchi Hidehisa said that the aid was allocated to three institutions – one of them a Japanese NGO.
Pursat’s Provincial Department of Water Resources receives $89,351 to refurbish Kandieng’s irrigation system, and Svay Rieng’s department of water can now improve the Ta Pao irrigation system with the newly gained $83,370. And, last but not least, the Foundation for International Development/Relief has received $258,111 to implement its project to secure food supply in Kampong Chhnang.
Mr. Hidehisa said, “I strongly hope that signing the agreements today will provide benefits directly to the local people, and strengthen the relationship between Cambodia and Japan.”
Director of Pursat and Svay Rieng Provincial Department of Water Resources and Meteorology Keo Vey said that this grant will play a very important role in improving water distribution, thus securing water for rice cropping. This should result in increased rice yield and improvement of the living standards of the region.
The Pursat and Svay Rieng Provincial Department of Water and the country representative of the FIDR have committed themselves to efficiently implement the projects.