29 April 2017

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Tuesday April 4, 2017

Kabul (BNA) However, Afghanistan enjoys good weather and majority of its people rely on agriculture for their livelihoods and their family’s sustenance, but still 5 million hectares of lands face with water shortage in the country. 
Officials of the ministry for water and energy said inattention of the governments and lack of necessary facilities over the last years have caused the country’s waters to be flown to neighboring countries of Iran and Pakistan.
Despite enjoying 7 million hectares of agricultural lands, deficiencies in different fields such as, substandard agriculture method, lack of reformed seeds and inattention of farmers have caused only 2million hectares of lands to be used for agricultural crops.
This is while that the proposal on saving Afghanistan’s waters and building water dams has been the issue discussed by the government officials several times, but it has not come into effect so far.
Abdul Matin Salihi, the in-charge for horticulture sector of the ministry of agriculture, irrigation and livestock said lack of water was the great challenge before agriculture growth in Afghanistan.
He believes that importing 80 percent of agricultural supplies is really concerning for a country where 70 percent of its exports are agricultural goods.
He stressed much investment should be considered to save the country’s waters, because, there is no doubt that agricultural expansion is the only way that can positively affect economic development of the country.
“Afghanistan needs 100,000 tons of reformed seeds annually, but currently, the farmers are provided with only 20 percent of the figure,” he added.
He said importing low-quality chemical fertilizers and agricultural medications are among other problems which bring down the country’s agricultural products.
A number of experts said there was no doubt that Afghanistan was among the countries enjoying good climate and enough water, but unfortunately, the government of Afghanistan could still manage the waters properly. Shir Ali Tazri, an expert said, “despite having necessary facilities, still the people of Afghanistan face with water shortage particularly in agriculture sector, thus, I hope the government could prevent flowing waters to neighboring countries and build dams in some parts of the country to help improve agriculture.” According to the spokesperson of the ministry for water and energy, building dams play imperative and strategic role in balance and stable development. In fact, construction of dams can create a great change in agricultural sector, he added. The agriculturists of the country say that water plays vital role in agriculture area and they ask the government to pay attention in building dams in different parts of the country so the water shortage problems are met or the country will face a worse situation.
Shukria Kohistani

Tuesday April 4, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Chaired by Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, economic committee of council of ministers was held yesterday.
In the economic committee’s session, various issues such as information in connection with procurement process, reduction of products of coal industrial company, modality of city transport management in capital and provinces, report of delegation tasked to pay a visit Farooq Azam fuel company, procedure for addressing losses caused by fire in markets and manufacturing companies and addiction-related issues to narcotics and its social and economic consequences were discussed.
In the session, officials for ministry of water and energy by briefing related to national procurement system and its shortcomings, consequences and ways of solution considered fundamental amendment in the system as one of the dire needs, adding that projects would face serious problems in various sections unless amendment is brought to the system.
The country’s chief executive by confirming the report instructed head of secretariat for council of ministers to hold a joint session with participation of deputy ministers, representatives of national procurement and private sector until Thursday so that necessary reforms would be brought in this regard.
Meanwhile, in connection with proposal of coal industrial company, chief executive instructed that a join session should be held with participation of minister of mines, representatives of ministries of finance and economic, industrial union, chamber of commerce and officials of the company until Thursday and a final decision should be made after overall discussion in this regard. After delivering briefings by officials of ministry of transport and civil aviation and visions and suggestions of the committee’s members, chief executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah declared that city transport and addressing the issue needed serious review and asked officials of the relevant organs to share their particular plans and suggestions in coming session so that practical steps would be taken in this regard.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Based on Khan Mohammad Baz’ head of currency exchangers in Kabul, Shahzada market report the exchange rate of Afghani as a follow:
One Dollar                                            67/45 afgs                           
One Pound Sterling                              83/95 afgs                         
One Euro                                              71/50afgs                        
One Emirate’s Dirham                         18/35 afgs                          
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees          626afgs                        
One Thousand Indian Rupees               1010 afgs             
One Thousand Iranian Rupees              17/60 afgs                       

Monday April 3, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah at the inaugural conference of establishment of women chamber of commerce said he fully supported the initiative and strengthening the women role and partnership in different fields was the priority of the government of national unity, said BNA the other day.
The CE said development without women was impossible and that the government leadership had taken practical step for the women sustainable development in the country, but to further reach the goal, there was a long way ahead that required hard work, the agency quoted. He said the issue of women trade activities, increase in the products of female traders would be discussed at the council of ministers and its sub-committees, the agency added.
He said he fully supported the women initiative for building their own led chamber of commerce, but urged for doing to increase the level of their participation in the current chamber of commerce and industries. Abdullah also said the government of national unity support women participation in the provincial and district level councils elections, said the agency. Meanwhile, David Sidney, Rector of American University of Afghanistan welcomed support of the CE to women trade initiative said the 4-day conference was held to discuss building women capacity and trade as well as economic challenges and opportunities related to them, said the agency. The conference was held by the American University of Afghanistan and the international center for the women economic growth, in which a number of cabinet ministers, ambassadors of foreign countries and craftswomen were participated.

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