Palau and Japan on Friday signed agricultural cooperation that will enhance agriculture and livestock production in the nation.
A memorandum of agreement was signed by President Surangel Whipps Jr. in a virtual ceremony with Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan NOGAMI Kotaro, Ambassador of Japan to Palau Karasawa Akira, and Governor of Mie Prefecture Suzuki Eikei.
According to a press release from the Embassy of Japan , the signed memorandum states that t Japan and Palau will cooperate in the “improvement of food security and nutrition ;enhancement of agricultural productivity and sustainability; exchange of knowledge and expertise by the public-private sector, and ; identification of issues for investment promotion and implementation of measures.
Along with the memorandum, Palau and Japan also established the “Task Force for Promotion of Agricultural Cooperation.’
President Whipps said this cooperation said would help the nation diversify its industry and focus on providing sustainable livelihoods to the people in Palau through agricultural and livestock production.
He said Palau imports most of what they eat and this kind of cooperation could encourage more Palauans to farm.
“Ninety percent of what we eat in Palau comes off the ship and not so healthy, so we really need to increase production, we need to enhance food security, we need healthy and organic food so that people can be healthy. We need to encourage our people to farm. “ Whipps said.
The president said he is optimistic that this partnership can turn Palau’s resources into jobs and food security for the people.
He said but this kind of endeavor, Palau can’t do alone.
“We need partners, we need technical expertise to help understand our lands better,” he said,
Minister Nogami for his part said he is delighted to establish the partnership with Palau.
“I am delighted to hold the signing ceremony today and to establish a new framework on agricultural cooperation between Japan and Palau. I believe this new framework will accelerate interactions between public and private sectors in both countries to strengthen cooperative measures on agricultural development.”
After the ceremony, the first Task Force meeting was held online, attended by more than 30 key participants from both countries including JICA, PCC-CRE, Taiwan Technical Mission, and Koror State Government, according to the Japan Embassy, ( B. Carreon)

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