Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Officials of the Afghan Ministry Commerce and Industries (MoCI) said on Tuesday that the acting Minister of Commerce and Industries during a visit to Russia agreed to purchase 500,000 tons of oil from Russian Government Company at a discounted price.
The announcement comes a few weeks after officials indicated Afghanistan planned to broker a fuel deal with Russia to increase imports in anticipation of higher demand for heating during the winter months.
Officials stressed that the oil would be imported into the country by both the governments and private companies.
The Russian Gas Prom has reportedly agreed to provide a 95 USD discount on each ton of oil and a 55 USD discount on each ton of diesel fuel.
Mutsel Komki, the Deputy Minister of Commerce and Industries said that the documents for purchasing the oil from Russia have been prepared and after approval of the president, the money will be paid and the oil imported.
“We will import the oil on easy terms and conditions, which means that the government will be informed about the price and expenses of its imports and we will set the prices with cooperation of private companies in order to control market prices so that there is no financial loss for the customers and the importers,” Komki said on Tuesday.
Officials of the Ministry of Commerce and Industries has said that 20 percent of the oil would be imported into Afghanistan by the Oil and Gas Enterprise and the rest would be imported by private companies.
Afghanistan as landlocked country is depending on imported fuel materials to complete its needs and its mentionable to say that majority of the Afghan people have no better economic condition and they expect that the government will give some subsidy on the prices of fuel materials and the concerned organs should keep firm control on the local markets to prevent the profiteers from drinking people’s blood by raising the prices into sky touching level.
“Currently, 1kg liquid gas is sold to 85 AFG in Kabul city and one liter diesel to 63 AFG, alongside that the prices of food items have also increased and the people are very distressed about the prices, said Kabul resident Wahid, adding that the profiteers have raised the prices of fuel materials very high which is beyond the capacity of the Afghan people.”
In the meantime, the people has demanded from the ministry of commerce and industries (MoCI) to ensure establishment of government fuel selling centers so that the profiteers are prevented from drinking people’s bloods.
Wednesday December 11, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The members of the national organization for producing of improved wheat seeds of Afghanistan met Mohammad Karim Khalili.
They explained the aims and services rendered by the organization adding that the organization is composed of 120 private companies established for improving agricultural products through producing of improved wheat seeds with support of some international organizations and agriculture and irrigation ministry.
They while thanking the donor agencies asked for further assistance to the organization and the agriculture and irrigation ministry towards upgrading its capacities.
They noted that the organization is present in 28 provinces and functions in 120 districts producing improved wheat seeds for the farmers that are a big step towards development of agriculture.
The partners of this organization produce around 30,000 MT of wheat seeds and only 5,000 tons of which is bought by the ministry of agriculture.
They emphasized for buying of their improved wheat seeds as the quality of seed they produce is same to that imported from foreign sources and non-attention towards this issue may cause their loss and ultimate closure of the organization that of course negatively impacts the farmers and agriculture development in the country asking agriculture ministry to attach importance to their needs.
Khalili called the role of the private sector in national economy as very important especially in agriculture sphere and since 80 percent of people are engaged in agriculture he emphasized on mechanization of agriculture in the country.
He called efforts for producing improved wheat seeds inside the country and positive use of them instrumental in strengthening of national economy and added that the proposal of the organization will be taken up at the Economic Committee of Council of Ministers.
While appreciating cooperation of the international organizations and agriculture ministry, over creation of this organization, Khalili emphasized on their continued cooperation with this organization and accelerating the process for establishing of the Agriculture Development Bank.
They also presented to Khalili the document for an aid of 10 tons of improved wheat seeds for its distribution to the deserving farmers.
Tuesday December 10, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The contract for installing of the second turbine of Kajaki hydro-power plant was concluded yesterday between the USAID and Breshna Company of Afghanistan.
The contract was signed by Abdul Razaq Samadi chairman of the Breshna Company with the representative of USAID in Afghanistan in presence of the deputy ministers of finance and water and energy.
The financial expenses of this project covering USD75 million will be provided by the USAID and will be implemented in two phases including assessment and provision of the facilities provided by the USAID.
The second phase includes installation of the new second turbine which will be completed by the end of 2015. Breshna company officials say that the Kajaki dam was constructed by a US company in 1353 (1974) and it is one of the two hydro-dams built up on the Helmand River at a distance of 161 km from Kandahar.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The construction work of a water dam completed and put into exploitation in Samangan province.
The dam has been constructed from development budget of irrigation and agriculture
Engineer Aslam Dana the head of agriculture and husbandry department of Samangan province said BNA, the dam with 18 meter length and 9 meter width, can settle the problem of shortage of water in more than 2000 jirbs of agricultural land and the residents of five villages of Khoram Sarbagh district.
Hafizullah Muradi governor of Khoram Sarbagh district called the construction of the dam useful in solving problems of people.