The weeked edition of Bhutan’s Kuensel newspaper has a detailed story on ruling People’s Democratic Party’s popular election pledge – one power tiller to every chiwog. The agriculture minister is quoted as saying that the government will not be able to provide 1,044 power tillers in one go because of the cost involved.
“By the third and fourth year, we should cover all the chiwogs,” minister Yeshey Dorji told Kuensel adding that 200 tillers will be provided every year. The paper points out that the pledge will cost Nu 408 million if the government decides to go with the popular Kubota tiller from Japan.
Now, what caught my attention is a photo story on the same page which ran the tiller article. Its on an agreement signing between the agriculture minister and the chief representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency on Japanese grant to Bhutan. The caption says “JICA committed 1,450 power tillers under the grant.”
(photo and caption from Kuensel, October 12, 2013)