Water trucks, excavators for Pa Enua

Wednesday 20 January 2021 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in National, Outer Islands

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Water trucks, excavators for Pa Enua
Excavators and water trucks earmarked for Agriculture department in Atiu, Mauke and Mitiaro were loaded on the barge yesterday. Photo: LOSIRENE LACANIVALU/21011903

Three excavators and two water trucks were loaded on MV Taunga Nui yesterday for the Nga Pu Toru (Atiu, Mitiaro and Mauke).

Secretary for Agriculture Temarama Anguna-Kamana said the ministry received the excavators and the two water trucks destined for Atiu, Mauke and Mitiaro Agriculture departments through a grant from the government of Japan.

Anguna-Kamana said in June 2018, a diplomatic level agreement was mutually agreed and signed between the governments of Japan and the Cook Islands.

“Through this agreement the government of Japan confirmed a provision of a grant through its public sector economic and social development programme, for the purchase of products and/or services for the implementation of programmes to enhance public sector agencies functions.”

She said priority items were identified through the use of the capital plan and in collaboration with public sector ministries and agencies identified as grant recipients.

The ministry has acknowledged the governments of Japan and the Cook Islands for being selected as a grant recipient to receive support through the economic and social development programme.

Through the programme, the excavators and water trucks have been procured for Atiu, Mauke and Mitiaro.

Anguna-Kamana said the excavators would be used to support various agriculture projects on these islands.

“To ensure sustainability through proper use and maintenance of the excavators and water trucks, the operators from the respective agriculture departments on these islands received training on the operation, use and maintenance of the machinery.”

After waiting for some time for transportation, she said the excavators were finally being transported to the three islands on the barge MV Taunga Nui.

The barge left yesterday evening.