$120 mn WB loan for China’s eco-farming projects

December 3rd, 2008 - 5:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Dec 3 (Xinhua) The World Bank (WB) has approved a loan of $120 million for ecology friendly farming projects in China, its China Office here announced Wednesday.The office said farmers in central Chinese provinces of Anhui and Hubei and Guangxi region in the southwest would benefit from improved rural environment and living conditions through the project.

The project would assist farmer households to integrate production of biogas into their agricultural production systems.

The loan would be used to build biogas digesters, improved kitchens, animal sheds, and toilet facilities in the households.

The project would also help to develop local extension and training facilities for rural energy and agricultural services, provide equipment and materials for the service systems, training for farmer technicians and farmers, and support farmer biogas organizations.

Funding will be provided over the next five years, to be spent over the next 20 years.

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