On Friday, September 28, 2018, Ambassador of Japan Toshiyuki Yamada and Governor of Melekeok State Henaro M. Polloi signed the grant contract for “The Project for Dry Litter Piggery Technology Introduction in Melekeok State,” valued $59,416, under the Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP). The signing ceremony was held at the Embassy of Japan and was witnessed by Melekeok Delegate Lentcer Basilius, Chief and Legislator of Melekeok State Ngiraingas Villiany Thomas and other related personnel.
As there has been a groundswell of support for livestock farmers in Palau to enhance Palau’s food security, the Embassy of Japan decided to grant a wood chipper and compact truck. These two pieces of equipment will now allow Melekeok State to introduce Dry Litter Piggery technology. The project was made possible by technical assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Resource Conservationist Paul Lake as well. Dry Litter piggery technology uses wood chips to absorb waste from pigs so that it can save the use of water to clean pig pens. Odors and fly populations will be very minimal at the same time. As a result, this system will prevent the water and soil pollution as well as the infection of Leptospira virus and protect the environment. Moreover, used wood chips with pigs’ waste create compost to be used at local farms and Ngardok Nature Reserve.
In his remarks at the ceremony, Ambassador Yamada emphasized the importance of maintenance so that the granted equipment could be used for a long period of time. Moreover, he expressed his hope that the implementation of this project would lead to further development of Melekeok State and its residents.
The Government of Japan launched GGP in 1999, for the purpose of responding to various development needs engaged in grassroots activities in Palau. As of September 28, 2018, the Embassy has signed 72 grant contracts with schools and hospitals as well as state governments and non-profit organizations. Education, health care and environment are the primary fields prioritized by Japan for GGP in order to contribute to sustainable development of Palau. For further information about GGP, please contact 488-6455.