The Government of Japan, based on the request made by the Government of Nepal, has approved the utilization of the Counterpart Fund under the Food Aid (KR) of one hundred ten million Nepalese Rupees (NRs.110,000,000) for the implementation of the Project for the transportation of foodgrains to remote areas by the utilization of counter part fund.
According to a press release of Japanese Embassy, the project was approved in order to counter the existing food deficit problem in Nepal, particularly in the remote hilly and mountain districts, due to the low productivity of agriculture. Under this project, Nepal Food Corporation (NFC) will deliver an additional 3,436 metric tons of rice to twenty three remote hilly and mountain districts in addition to NFC's annual program of delivering about15,000 metric tons of rice.
The Counterpart Fund was established through the financial assistance extended by the Government of Japan under the Food Aid (KR). The Government of Nepal has procured rice through this assistance and sold it in the domestic market. The amount collected from selling the rice was deposited as a Counterpart Fund. The Fund can be utilized for implementing various social and economic development projects through consultation between the two Governments.