JICA to fund Philippine agriculture development project

A woman works in a rice field in the Philippines. Some 69,000 farmers will benefit from a $103.4 million project that Japan will support. Photo by: kamerakamote / CC BY-ND

Some 69,000 farmers in southern Philippines are set to benefit from a 4.4 billion Philippine peso ($103.4 million) project that Japan has recently agreed to support.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency will co-fund the five-year project, which will be led by the Philippines’ Department of Agrarian Reform, the Journal reports. It is not clear how much Japan will provide for the initiative.

The project covers the construction of 58 post-harvest facilities, 395.2 kilometers of roads and a bridge in parts of Mindanao in southern Philippines. In addition, the Mindanao Sustainable Agrarian Development Project will construct irrigation facilities for 2,000 hectares of farmland in the region.

Other Philippine government agencies involved in the project are the Department of Agriculture, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the National Irrigation Administration.

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