12 December 2019 - The Ministry of Agriculture is pleased to receive three excavators destined for Atiu, Mauke and Mangaia Agriculture Departments.
In June 2018, a diplomatic level Agreement was mutually agreed and signed between the Governments of Japan and the Cook Islands. Through this Agreement, the Government of Japan confirmed a provision of a grant through its Public Sector Economic and Social Development Programme, for the purchase of products and/or services for the implementation of programmes to enhance Public Sector agencies functions. Priority items were identified through the use of the capital plan and in collaboration with Public Sector Ministries and agencies identified as grant recipients.
The Ministry of Agriculture wishes to express its appreciation to the Governments of Japan and the Cook Islands for being selected as a grant recipient to receive support through the economic and social development programme. Through the programme, 3 excavators have been procured for Atiu, Mangaia and Mauke.
The excavators will be used to support various agriculture projects on these islands. To ensure sustainability through proper use and maintenance of the excavators, the operators and mechanics from the respective Agriculture Departments on these islands received appropriate training.
The excavators will be transported to the 3 islands on the next available vessel.
~ Ministry of Agriculture, Cook Islands (www.agriculture.gov.ck)