Grant Contract signing Ceremony for the Project for Procuring Agriculture Tractor in Pohnpei State
November 6, 2017
This project intends to provide two (2) tractors and three (3) Implements needed by local farmers. The goal for this project is to expand local farming by restarting an agriculture support program in which Division of Agriculture will lend the tractors and implements to local farmers. In Pohnpei State, the current annual amount of crops is about 22.3 tons which is even not enough for self-sufficient consumption. However, there have been no public tractors since 2003 and local farmers use their own hands in the fields. Therefore, the provided tractors are expected to raise the output and export to other countries.
Ambassador Horie Ryoichi stated that this project will promote Agricultural Development and hoped that it will develop agriculture production and increasing supplies to the local people and export as well. The Hon. Marcelo K. Peterson, Governor of Pohnpei State, stated that it’s a pleasant to receive a great donation from the Government of Japan. He also mentioned that by this project farmers will be able to start commercial type farming because of the high demand for local crops and vegetable. Mr. Nicholson Solomon, Director of Department of Resources and Development, Pohnpei State also expressed his sincere gratitude to the Embassy of Japan in the FSM.
Present at the ceremony were Public affairs Officer Billstone Charley, External Assistance Coordinator ShirleyAnn Ligohr, Chief of Agriculture Adelino Lorens and staffs of the Embassy of Japan in the FSM.