PHNOM PENH, Nov. 10 (Xinhua) -- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Tuesday signed up to provide a total of 64 million U.S. dollars loan and grant to Cambodia for the projects of irrigation and malaria control system, according to an ADB statement.
The agreement was inked between ADB Cambodia Resident Mission Officer-in-Charge Jan Hansen and Cambodian Minister of Economy and Finance Aun Porn Moniroth, the statement said.
"The two projects will increase farm productivity and boost incomes for farmers through improved irrigation systems, and help the government strengthen health services to prevent the spread of malaria," Hansen said.
The 60-million-U.S.-dollar loan for the Uplands Irrigation and Water Resources Management Sector Project would support the government's efforts to increase agricultural production by rehabilitating, modernizing, and climate-proofing irrigation systems in central Kampong Thom and northwestern Battambang provinces, the statement said.
The 4-million-U.S.-dollar grant, allocated for Cambodia under the additional financing for the 2nd Greater Mekong Sub-regional Communicable Diseases Control Project, will strengthen the national malaria programs and expand the regional malaria surveillance and response system, focusing on border districts and information exchanges among Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.