Japan, UNDP build polyhouses for quake-affected farmers

Himal Press 19 Mar 2024
Japan, UNDP build polyhouses for quake-affected farmers

KATHMANDU: The Government of Japan and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) have constructed and handed over 48 polyhouses to the earthquake victims in Jajarkot.

Issuing a statement on Tuesday, these polyhouses will benefit over 40 households.

“Two types of polyhouses – a naturally ventilated polyhouse and a nursery polyhouse with misting – were inaugurated amid a program organized at Ward-7 of Nalgad Municipality. This area was among those affected by the earthquake in November 2023,” the statement added.

The multi-purpose nursery with misting will grow saplings of high-value crops such as vegetables, fruits, forage, and fodder for community members. These polyhouses employ drip irrigation and mist irrigation, which make optimum use of water, conserve water usage, decrease labor, and increase agricultural productivity, it added.

Likewise, the first five out of 900 metallic improved cooking stoves and six orchard management tools were handed over to the quake-affected farmers.

Speaking on the occasion, Takahiro Tamura, deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Japan, said he was hopeful that the agricultural and energy equipment would be used for a long time by the people in this region. “I believe that this project will contribute to strengthening human security through a comprehensive approach that includes gender equality, disability, and social inclusion,” he added.

Likewise, Julien Chevillard, deputy resident representative of UNDP, said the partnership would contribute to Nepal’s ongoing efforts to mitigate the impact of climate change, rehabilitate post-earthquake, and enhance the livelihoods of the affected community.

Published On: 19 Mar 2024


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