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Second Steering Committee Meeting of JFPR/C-BIRD Project

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On 13 December 2015, second Steering Committee Meeting of Community-Based Irrigation Rehabilitation and Development Project (C-BIRD) was held at the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD).

This project is being implemented through Regional Programs of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (RP/MRRD) under Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR) facilitated by Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Thanking people and government of Japan for providing funds to the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development H.E. Minister Durrani said, “Water should be managed, many low income farmers need to be assisted, implementation of small-scale irrigation projects are of great importance towards irrigating farming lands.”

At the same time, Executive Director of Regional Programmes of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, Mr. Hashmatullah Ghafoori presented a comprehensive presentation on C-BIRD project which included necessary information about the achievements of the project made so far in the provinces of Balkh, Samangan, Baghlan and Ghor.

Since its inception, the Community-Based Irrigation Rehabilitation and Development Project (C-BIRD) has been able to execute 127 small-scale irrigation projects in the provinces of Balkh, Samangan, Baghlan and Ghor under Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR) facilitated by Asian Development Bank (ADB). On the other hand, 15 projects are under way through this process.

It’s to be noted that Japan Embassy, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Ministry of Energy and Water, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, Ministry of Finance, Afghanistan Resident Mission (AFRM-ADB) and the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development are steering committee members for C-BIRD project.