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Japan News Release  
30th November 2010                 

Japan Hands Over the Rice Research and Training Centre
at NaCRRI – Namulonge


The Government of Japan has today handed over the Rice Research and Training Centre at NaCRRI (National Crops Resources Research Institute) – Namulonge to the Government of Uganda. The project which costs approximately $7.8 million (651 million Japanese Yen) was supported by Japan and successfully completed, one year after the commencement of construction.

The new research centre is comprised of research and training buildings, cafeteria, dormitory, screen house with glass roof, 2ha trial filed, and the newest agricultural machineries. The research centre is expected to develop the capacity of rice industry and contribute to the improvement of Ugandan farmers’ income situation.

Addressing the handover ceremony at NaCRRI – Namulonge, the Ambassador of Japan to Uganda, Mr. Keiichi Kato emphasized that Japan is the most competent partner for disseminating rice-related techniques and that the modernization of agriculture would promote economic growth in the country as a whole.

This project is to realize the commitments Japanese Government made at TICAD IV (Tokyo International Conference on African Development) held in May 2008. Japan, Uganda, and other African countries are sharing a common goal of doubling rice production through the TICAD process.


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Economic Cooperation Section
Embassy of Japan, P.O.Box 23553 Kampala
Tel: 0414-349542/3/4 or 0312-261564/5/6


Handing Over Ceremony