The Japanese government today donated a total of $890,471 for the development of irrigation systems, maternal and child healthcare, and youth capacity building in the Kingdom.
The grant contract was signed between Japanese ambassador Masahiro Mikami and the representatives of the said sectors.
A budget of $85,019 will be allocated for the first project, said Mr Mikami, which will focus on the development of irrigation systems aimed at enhancing agriculture in the Preah Vihear eco-village.
The donation will be given to the NGO Pride of Asia Preah Vihear Association Japan to support the construction of reservoirs and water facilities in the province’s eco-village.
The association’s representative Noritada Morita said farmers in the area will benefit from the project as it would increase agricultural production especially in the dry season, enhance agricultural technology and improve facility management for sustainable regional development.
“Most of the villagers in Preah Vihear province migrated from other areas, so they should be educated regarding agricultural technology in order to lift them out of poverty,” said Mr Morita.
The second project will receive a fund of $452,427 to improve access on integrated healthcare, safe water and sanitation, and nutrition services in Preah Vihear.
Lastly, the third project will concentrate on youth capacity building in Pailin province. An amount of $353,025 will be donated to NGO Kokkyo naki Kodomotachi (Children without Borders) to support the youth and equip them with life and employability skills, which they would need in the future.