During a ceremony, Keiichi Hara, Charge d’Affaires ad interim of the Embassy of Japan, signed the Grant Contract with Kefayatullah Eblagh, Director of Afghan Technical Consultants (ATC) with a total amount of USD 600,109.
According to the Japanese embassy, the mine clearance project will be implemented in Parwan and Panjsher provinces under Japan’s assistance scheme “Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects (GAGP)”.
Successful implementation of this project will clear 678,882 square meters of minefields and battlefields in mentioned provinces. Beside mine clearance, the project also includes Mine Risk Education (MRE) for the residents of the targeted provinces.
This project will benefit more than 2,415 households in Parwan and Panjsher provinces. The area cleared from landmines and explosive remnants of war in these provinces will provide safe grounds for local residents to conduct their daily activities.
The cleared areas will be used for agriculture, animals’ grazing and safe movements of local residents and people passing Kabul – Mazar-e-Sharif highway.
Despite efforts have been to eradicate mines in all across the country, but there is still a high level of casualties regarding them.
“At least 180 people lose their lives or some parts of their bodies by mines and remained unexploded materials in each month. The Japanese government has assisted billions of dollars since 2001 in different sectors,” said Muhammad Hamid Wardak, chairman of the mine clearance department.
Japan has been assisting Afghanistan’s nation-building efforts in various fields including security, education, health, culture, humanitarian assistance, agriculture, infrastructure and its capacity development.