Japan envoy, local officials visit Nangarhar Gamberi Desert
KABUL (Pajhwok): Nasir Ahmad Durrani, minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD), Assadullah Zamir, minister of Agriculture and Irrigation of Afghanistan, Tomio Shichiri, representative of FAO Afghanistan and Hiroshi Takahashi, Japanese Ambassador to Afghanistan visited Gamberi Desert in Nangarhar province.
A statement from the Japanese Embassy said that they observed the greened land resulting from the irrigation project which has been led by Dr. Nakamura, the director of Peace Medical Services (PMS). As a commemoration of this visit, Durrani, Zamir, Tomio Shichiri and Hiroshi Takahashi planted Dates palm trees which had been donated by the government of United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The PMS and Dr. Nakamura launched “Green Ground Project” in 2003, which aims to establish a new irrigation system in Gamberi Desert with Japanese and Afghan traditional technology by their own fund initially.
JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) has supported this project since 2010. The primary purpose of the PMS-modeled Irrigation System is to stabilize and rebirth the rural agriculture in Gamberi Desert through stably intaking water even at drought or flood time, and to improve their livelihood, health and public security, consequently to foster reshaping and maintaining rural communities.
“The outcome of the project is fascinating”, Durrani said. “We are very glad to oversee the site. It’s amazing that the green land was desert area several years ago. As minister of MRRD, I’d like to disseminate the PMS-modeled Irrigation System all over Afghanistan.”
Ambassador Takahashi said: “The purpose of this field trip is to learn exceptional creativities of the PMS Irrigation System which applies Japanese traditional irrigation technology of the 18th century. Afghanistan and Japan have a common challenge to control rapid stream of rivers.
Hence, it is my pleasure that the Japanese old technology contributes to the improvement and development of the rural agriculture, which in turn definitely leads to benefit the local farmers and community.”
The “Green Ground Project” has succeeded in greening 16,500 hectare of Gamberi Desert, which makes it possible for 600,000 people to settle down and therefore facilitates the return of a number of emigrants and displaced people.
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