Japan provides earth-moving equipment for the improvement of capabilities to cope
with natural disasters caused by climate change
On 17 May 2013, Ambassador Minagawa attended the handover ceremony of the earth-moving equipment procured under “the Program for the Improvement of Capabilities to cope with Natural Disasters caused by Climate Change”, a grant of 500 million yens (some 5 million USD), together with H.E. Edward Ssekandi, Vice President, and Hon. Tress Bucyanayandi, Minister of Agriculture, Amimal Industry and Fisheries, at Namalere in the suburb of Kampala. The grant was extended to promote the efforts by the Government of Uganda to develop agriculture by mitigating the impact of natural disasters caused by climate change.
The equipment procured are mainly heavy earth-moving vehicles and machinery including low-bed carriers, bulldozers, graders, excavators, compactors, water supply lorries, dump cars, pick-up trucks, etc. The Exchange of Notes for the grant had been signed in April 2010.
Agriculture is vital for Uganda as it accounts for 20% of its GDP and 70% of exports. 70 % of its labor force is engaged in the sector and enjoying strong comparative advantage as the “food basket” in the region. However, global climate change has been threatening Uganda through floods caused by abnormal rainfalls and droughts in many parts of the country. Thus, it is urgent to take measures for mitigating the impact of the climate change. It was against such backgrounds that the Government of Japan decided to extend support to Uganda by providing equipment needed to tackle the challenges.
Listening to the explanation at the project site together with H.E. Vice President Ssekandi and Hon. Minister Bucyanayandi Speech by Ambassador
Banner at the ceremony site Handing over the keys of the procured equipment to H.E. Vice President Ssekandi
Procured equipment (1) Vote of thanks from Hon. Minister Bucyanayandi
Procured equipment (2) Together with H.E. Vice President Ssekandi test-driving a bulldozer
Sticker on the procured equipment With H.E. Vice President Ssekandi and Hon. Minister Bucyanayandi