Print Edition - 2015-06-09 | Earthquake Relief
Thai pledge more assistance to Nepal
Jun 8, 2015-
The Thai ambassador to Nepal, Vutti Vuttisant, and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) representative to Nepal, Somsak Pipoppinyo, jointly paid a courtesy call to the Minister for Agricultural Development Hari Prasad Parajuli at his office in Singha Durbar, Kathmandu, yesterday and discussed Thai assistance to Nepal in the aftermath of the Great Quake.
According to an FAO statement, the duo apprised the minister that the king and queen of Thailand had donated USD 400,000 through the Rajaprajanugroh Foundation to help the victims of the earthquake.
Thailand had mobilised soldiers, doctors and planes during rescue operations. Relief material, from the government and private sectors of Thailand, including tents, blankets, food items and medicines were sent over to the country during its hour of need.
Reiterating further support from Thailand, Ambassador Vuttisant said that the government of Thailand will soon extend a grant assistance of USD 8 million (Thai Bhatt 260 million), out of which USD 4 million will be allocated for emergency relief as well as for the rehabilitation and reconstruction processes.
Pipoppinyo said that the FAO has helped the six district units of the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MoAD) to distribute 40,000 bags of rice and is in the process of distributing 50,000 composite packets of vegetable seeds, 20,000 packages of animal feed and 40,000 super-grain storage bags to more than 100,000 earthquake-affected farmers of the districts of Gorkha, Dhading, Rasuwa, Nuwakot, Sindhupalchok and Dolakha.
The FAO has mobilised USD 1.70 million, with USD 700, 000 from its own source and a further 400,000 Euros grant assistance received from the government of Italy and USD 500,000 from the government of Belgium. These funds will support farmers with seeds for summer plantation, livestock support and with grain storage to prevent further food losses, said the UN agency.
Published: 09-06-2015 08:22