Addis Ababa September 30/2013 Japan here Monday donated over 9200 tons of urea fertilizer valued at 490 million Japanese yen to the Ministry of Agriculture to complement the efforts of the Ethiopian government to increase crop production.
Japan has donated the fertilizer based upon the Exchange of Notes signed between the two governments in December 2012 through Japan's grant-in-aid scheme for the food security program for underprivileged farmers, better known as KR II.
Japanese Ambassador to Ethiopia Hiroyuki Kishino on the occasion said that Japan was pleased to play a modest role in mitigating the existing supply-demand gap of fertilizer through its Grant-in-aid Scheme, KR II.
He said that he hoped the fertilizer would contribute to improving their livelihoods and facilitate the Ethiopian efforts being carried out to achieve the agricultural targets stipulated in the GTP. In view of the dominant role of agriculture in the Ethiopian economy and the projected average annual growth rate for agriculture of 8.6% for five years, agriculture has continued to be a priority sector in Japan's ODA policy toward Ethiopia.
Food security, which includes agricultural and rural development as well as water supply, is one of the two main pillars of Japan's ODA policy in Ethiopia together with industrial development.
The Ambassador reassured that Japan would continue to support smallholder farmers so that they can increase productivity in agriculture. Since 1985, the total amount Japan has provided to Ethiopia through KR II amounts to 16.1 billion Japanese Yen.