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MNCCI and JICA, MONMAP-AVC Project signed a Memorandum of Understanding

2021/05/13 0

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in cooperation with the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry and the National Development Agency is implementing the MONMAP - “Mongolian Agricultural Sector Value Chain Master Plan Project” to support the sustainable development of Mongolia's agricultural sector for 2020-2023.

Within the framework of the project, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed with the Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry to cooperate in two areas: establishing a honey cluster and implementing a pilot project to support local agricultural products.

1. Establish a honey cluster

 A working group has been established to develop guidelines to facilitate the introduction of good practices in honey production and to establish a honey cluster. The working group includes following members: The Food Industry Policy Implementation Coordination Department of the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry, Inspection Agency of Mongolia, the Mongolian Agency for Standard and Metrology, the Project and Program Department of the Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Local Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Selenge province, the Mongolian Beekeepers Association, the beekeeper’s group of Batsumber soum, Tuv aimag, beekeepers, researchers and private sector representatives. The honey cluster will be officially established in March 2022.

2. Implement the pilot project to support local agricultural products

Two pilot projects supporting local agricultural products will be implemented through the 21 branches of the MNCCI, and each project will be funded up to $ 20,000.  A pilot project orientation meeting will be held online on May 21, 2021, and project proposals will be received until June 31. Submitted project proposals will be advised by the Project Program Department of the MNCCI and JICA project experts.