Japanese Consul General Kawaue Jun-Ichi (second from right) at the signing ceremony for two projects that will help farmers and teachers in three provinces. (Photo courtesy of Japanese Consulate in HCM City)
 
HCM City (VNS/VNA) - The Japanese government on February 25 organised a signing ceremony to provide non-refundable aid worth a total of more than 300,000 USD for two ongoing projects in Vietnam.

One of the projects, which has received more than 193,000 USD for its year-long third phase, will be implemented by Japanese non-profit organisation Seed to Table to develop organic agriculture in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Ben Tre.

The third phase, which will be carried out in Binh Dai and five other districts, will provide equipment and training on organic farming for farmers in an aim to increase their income. 

Farmers will receive assistance to build fertiliser composing houses and processing and packaging facilities for post-harvest organic products.

The project, which has been operating in Ben Tre province for more than 10 years, has received praise for its support activities for farmers and local authorities.

The other project’s year-long third phase, worth 111,851 USD, will be implemented by Japanese non-profit organisation Asia Rainbow. It aims to help localities develop an integrated education system at primary schools for children with disabilities in Binh Thuan and An Giang provinces.

In previous years, Asia Rainbow supported Dong Nai and Lâm Dong provinces, and it continues to support An Giang and Binh Thuan provinces.

The third phase will include a two-week training course on psychological counseling methods for local teachers and general teacher training for children with disabilities in the provinces. 

The project will also focus on psychological counseling for parents of children with disabilities.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Japanese Consul General Kawaue Jun-Ichi, said: “Although Vietnam has had significant economic developments, there are many areas that need to be improved.”

“The two projects are about health and food safety, as well as support for children with disabilities, in which Vietnam needs support. We consider these as very effective projects,” he added.-VNS/VNA