The Japan government has donated farm equipment to the Melekeok State government to support pig farmers.

A wood chipper and a dump truck worth $59,460 were handed over to the Melekeok state government during a ceremony held in the state office ground on February 7.

The equipment was procured through Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).

Japan Deputy Chief of Mission Takeshi Ogino Takeshi handed over the equipment to the state on behalf of Japan Ambassador to Palau Toshiyuki Yamada.

Melekeok Conservation Network (MCN) Program Manager Omar Faustino told Island Times that they hope through this assistance, pig farmers will be encouraged to have dry-litter piggery farm as this method is non-toxic and does not use waste water.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Resource Conservationist Paul Lake, one of the people who worked to get the equipment through a proposal, has shared the importance of the equipment in eliminating potential impact to the environment.

“The combination of pig waste and wood chips is converted into valuable fertilizer when composted. Not only does this eliminate any potential impact to the environment from untreated waste but it improves fertility of farm soils,” Lake said. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)