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Tuesday December 24, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Recently, with releasing a report AISA or Administration for Supporting Investment in Afghanistan, proclamation that in 2013, the saffron of Afghanistan gained first position in categorizing of quality and taste international organization.
The World Institute for Taste and Quality with offering first position of saffron of Afghanistan expressed its hope that the cultivation of poppy and production of narcotics to replace by saffron in Afghanistan.
Now one kg saffron of Afghanistan is sold in world markets against $2000 and in domestic market one kg saffron is sold from $500 to $1800 before its package considering its quality.
In present time, the unions of saffron cultivators cultivate saffron in 16 provinces of the country. With benefiting from opportunity available, the peasants of ancient city of Herat after returning home from border cities brought with themselves the bub of saffron to Herat and promote it in this city especially at the districts of Ghorian and Pashtoon Zarghoon and then cultivation of saffron expanded.
As a result of timely cooperation and assistance of ASC and agriculture department of Herat the cultivation of this plant increased and within few years, thousands acres of land cultivated by saffron. Head of Afghan Saffron Company (ASC) Abdul Ghaffar Hamidzai in connection with great success of his company that gained first position in world markets said that this company spent more fund for purchasing agricultural mechanization and the growth of level of production of saffron in Herat, in 2010, the ASC purchased these equipment from abroad. Purchasing these equipment and enormous investment in this field caused promotion of level of production of saffron qualitative and quantitatively.
Despite harvesting of the yields of saffron, the ASC also supports the processing and purchasing of saffron as well. The company is the greatest producer of saffron in the country. This company also provides employment from unemployed compatriots including men and women, Hamid Zai said. He continues that his company also makes effort to globalize this red gold or saffron and now one office is opened in Holland and another in California of the US. They promote marketing of this bush in these both continents. Hamid Zai continued that the equipment for processing of pulp of saffron are purchase from Holland with capacity of cultivation of ten hectors land per day and established spring house in industrial township of Herat in an area of 2000 sq.m, for protection of pulp and other necessary equipment.
As a result of efforts make by ASC, the Afghan saffron found its way towards famous markets of Italy, Canada, USA, Spain and Holland. According to Hamid Zai, the Belgian international institute of tasting and quality, for the first time offered the prize of best quality saffron to ASC in 2013. In a grand ceremony held for examining of over 1200 varieties of food times and beverages in Brussels the capital city of Belgium the prize of best quality saffron in world level was given to ASC and the related medal and certificate were given to the ambassador of Afghanistan residing in Brussels. This is in a time that during recent year’s cultivation and production of saffron has promoted in some western provinces of the country and did to occupy special position among neighboring and world nations.

Monday, December 23, 2013
Sar-e-Pul (BNA) The construction work of two water dams completed in Sar-e-Pul province yesterday.
The projects have been completed from development budget of agriculture and Irrigation ministry at the cost of five million Afghanis.
Engineer Mohammad Jafar Amerzai the head of agriculture and irrigation department of Sar-e-Pul province said BNA, with construction of these two projects more than 11,000 jiribs of agricultural lands were irrigated in different villages of that province.
He called completion work of the projects positive in improvement of agriculture and livestock.
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Thursday, December 19, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation signed new contract with some private companies for construction of 38 irrigational networks in the country yesterday.
The irrigational networks will be constructed by several private constructional companies in Herat, Kabul, Samangan, Bamyan, Parwan, Logar, Nangarhar, Laghman, Kunar, Kapisa and Balkh provinces.
Mohammad Asef Rahimi Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock before signing of the contract said, this ministry has planned to construct 75 irrigational networks in current year, 38 of the network were completed and remaining will be completed during the five next month.
He said that the total cost of the networks are 214 million Afghanis and will be funded by World Bank.
With completion work of the project, 80,000 agricultural lands will be irrigated in the mentioned provinces. 

Wednesday December 18, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Mohammad Karim Khalili second voice-president and chairman of the CM Economic Committee chaired the meeting.
At the meeting Minister of Economy presented a report about status of implementing of development projects during third quarter of 1392. He said that the overall development budget invested USD 2680.166 million in 621 projects in security, good governance, natural resources, education, health, agriculture, rural development, social protection, economic management and development of private sector.
He stressed that during the first 9 months of 1392 over 30% of the budget in the development projects of the ministries and government departments were expended.
However, certain problems like procurement, limited capacities, absence of specialists and other factors were responsible for non-implementation of the development budgets and hopefully the expenditure of the development budget will reach up to 50% till the year end.
Meanwhile the issues pertaining to the Bostan Sabz farm in Barek Ab of Bagrami district of Kabul province due to the construction of a cold storage on the farm land was presented to the meeting.
It was said that the farm is useful project in development of agriculture in which work opportunity will be created for 20,000 farmers.
The meeting decided that to support investment, agriculture growth and removal of legal problems, the contract with the Bostan Sabz should cover the 80 jirib of land that is being used by it.
In another part of the meeting the proposal of the central Bank for creation of a commission consisting of intellectuals for selling of the valuable documents and shares, was discussed.
The Central Bank proposed that a commission of intellectuals should be formed selling and buying of the valuable documents and shares should be formed which was adopted by the meeting.
The deputy minister office for public protection of Interior Ministry and the security enterprise presented a report covering its performance in recent three months. The report said that in addition to collection of arms from the armed groups the income of this enterprise has increased 17% during the past three months and in the coming year it will reach close to 10 billion Afs.
Also, the casualties of the personnel of this office have been decreased up to 80 percent and it has adopted measures for protection of the oil tankers and containers on the highways of the country.
The meeting appreciating the performances of the deputy minister office for public protection and the security enterprise.
The meeting also decided that the problems of the Asia agricultural farm problems should be resolved with the cooperation of the independent land department and the deputy minister office for public protection of interior ministry.