On August 16, 2021, His Excellency KARASAWA Akira, Ambassador of Japan handed over a tractor and its attachments to Koror State Recycling Center. The handover ceremony for “The Project for the Procurement of a Tractor to Koror State Recycling Center” was held at the center and attended by Honorable Franco Gibbons, Governor of Koror State and many guests.

Koror State Recycling Center is one of the most important waste treatment facilities producing composts for agriculture and other uses. However, the Center did not have a tractor that can be used to improve soil characteristics at farms by using their composts, which makes it difficult for the Center to promote their plans for agricultural productions.

Considering this situation, the Embassy of Japan decided to grant the tractor and attachments valued $90,810 to Koror State Recycling Center through Grassroots Grant Aid Project (GGP). Koror State Recycling Center will utilize the new tractor to improve soil and expand crop production on farmlands in Koror and other States.

At the ceremony, Koror State Governor Gibbons stated, “This assistance will promote activities that will be a model not only for other States in Palau but also for all Pacific island countries. We appreciate the Government and the People of Japan for the continued supports to our recycle center and people in Koror State.” Ambassador Karasawa expressed his hope that the implementation of this project would lead to increase vegetable productions, improve food security, diversify economies and sustain livelihoods of the people in Palau. He mentioned that Japan would promote agricultural cooperation projects through the official bilateral cooperation framework “Task Force”, established in May 2021.

The Government of Japan launched GGP in 1999, for the purpose of responding to various development needs engaged in grassroots activities in Palau. As of August 16, 2021, the Embassy has signed 87 grant contracts with schools and hospitals as well as state governments and non-profit organizations to contribute to sustainable development of Palau. For further information about GGP, please contact 488-6455 or visit the Embassy of Japan website at http://www.palau.emb-japan.go.jp/itprtop_en/index.html

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