Japan provides USD 1,110,000 for 2 demining projects in Afghanistan
The Japanese government has pledged USD 1,110,000 for two demining projects in northern and central regions of Afghanistan.
An agreement to that effect was signed between Japan’s Ambassador Hiroshi Takahashi, Farid Homayun, Country Director of HALO Trust and Kefayatullah Eblagh, Chairman and the Founder of Afghan Technical Consultants (ATC) in the Embassy of Japan in Kabul on Monday.
Through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects (GAGP), the two projects will be implemented in Kabul, Parwan, Baghlan and Samangan provinces. Under these projects, around 1,426,594 square meters of minefields will be cleared.
All of the area that will be cleared is high-quality agricultural or grazing land that has been inaccessible for decades due to presence of mines and explosive remnants of war (ERWs). Once cleared, these areas will be utilized productively by the local communities and this will in turn help mitigate the poverty that still blights many families around the country.
“These projects will save many human lives, enable the people to move around freely and make it possible to use the lands for productive activities. Mine clearance contributes to setting a basic condition for the development such as infrastructure and agriculture, which contributes to the improvement of the economic situation in Afghanistan.”, said Ambassador Takahashi
Japan has been contributing to the clearance of landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERWs) through GAGP in Afghanistan and has been assisting Afghanistan’s nation-building efforts in various fields including security, education, health, culture, humanitarian assistance, agriculture, infrastructure and its capacity development.
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