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Tuesday March 25, 2014
Kabul (BNA) Using greenhouses plantation had increased 11 percent in the southern Farah province, where an official said the move had helped poppy cultivation reduce more than 15 percent in the mostly insurgent’s under-threat province.
More than 6,000 people could also find work in the greenhouses created in some key districts of the province, as acting chief of the provincial agriculture and livestock, Eng. Abdul Manan Mateen told Media that the greenhouses were for the first time established in the province in financial cooperation with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in the center and two district, of Pushtroad and Bala Bluk in 1998.
There were only 100 acres of land on which the greenhouse were built, with the umber reaching to 300 since the beginning of this year, said Mateen adding some 1,000 acres of are now being used as greenhouses in which different types of vegetables are being planted.
More than 6,000 people were helped to find employment after numerous greenhouses were created in the center and Bala Bluk, Pushtroad and Qala-e-Kah districts, said the source. “The people are now full aware of the yields enough for using at home and exporting abroad.” Eggplants, tomato, cucumber, okra and etc… are planted in the greenhouses, said the official adding farmers’ plant melon and watermelon as well.
The greenhouses yield two seasonal harvests, with summer of 40 days and winter of two months, he said adding the harvest are exported to some neighboring and regional countries like Tajikistan, Iran, Kirghizstan and Pakistan, alongside being used in some of the country’s provinces, such as Herat, Kabul and Nimroz. The greenhouses should enjoy all needed stuffs such as required light, temperatures, proper climate and earth with enough moisture.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Kabul (BNA)  The governments of the United Kingdom (UK), the United States (US) and Japan will continue their support for improving and maintaining Afghanistan’s key roads, power plants, and other infrastructure by providing an additional $286 million to the Afghanistan Infrastructure Trust Fund (AITF).
The AITF, managed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on behalf of the Government of Afghanistan and donors, helps the country build and run infrastructure to promote security and drive development. Contributions to the fund will help ensure that 90% of the population has access to regional and national roads by 2017. In addition, the AITF will help ensure the proportion of households with access to grid electricity nationally will increase to 50% by 2017.
Noting the support ADB is providing to Afghanistan, Finance Minister Dr. Omar Zakhilwal said: “ADB, besides its generous grant assistance to Afghanistan, administers the Afghanistan Infrastructure Trust Fund (AITF) that envisions to provide significant critical financial contributions in pooled resources through our country systems in an efficient and accountable manner, funding important infrastructures that are aimed to put Afghanistan on a path to self-reliance.” Minister Zakhilwal also thanked and encouraged donors to continue financing AITF.
“These important contributions to Afghanistan’s infrastructure will promote economic growth, private sector investment, and better public service delivery,” said Joji Tokeshi, Country Director for ADB in Afghanistan. “Most importantly, many thousands of Afghans will benefit from better access to electricity, transport, and employment opportunities.”
The additional contributions, which were announced at a ceremony at the Afghanistan Ministry of Finance, include $213 million from the United Kingdom, $60 million from the United States and $13 million from Japan.
“Over recent years, UK support to the AITF has brought major improvements to Afghanistan’s infrastructure; we are proud of this,” said a senior DFID official in Kabul. “I want to see these improvements continue for years to come. The Department for International Development is committed to supporting this program and investing in Afghanistan’s future.
“The US government’s contribution to this fund is just one example of our long-term commitment to supporting Afghanistan’s development. Our partnership with the ADB provides an important mechanism for improving the lives of the Afghan people and driving Afghanistan’s economic growth,” said USAID Mission Director to Afghanistan, William Hammink. “The Government of Japan sees infrastructure development as an important pillar of its assistance to Afghanistan, and we hope our contribution to the AITF, in the transport and energy sectors, will promote further development in the country,” said Hiroshi Takahashi, Japanese Ambassador to Afghanistan. ADB, based in Manila, is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth and regional integration. Established in 1966, it is owned by 67 members – 48 from the region.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Cheghcheran (BNA) Representative of the UN in west zone of the country in a meeting with Sayed Anwar Rahmati governor of Ghor province assured UN cooperation to that province.
Sayed Anwar Rahmati governor of Ghoor in a visit with the officials of WFP, UNHCR, and UNDC talked on programs of the mentioned organizations in that province.
Rahmati governor of Ghor explaining the security situation and working program of local administration of that province said distribution of wheat which allocated by anti-disaster national committee to that province were distributed to destitute families.
Later on, the UN delegation talking about their activities and programs in that province said, we feel responsibility before Ghor people and assure to continue humanitarian assistance of the United Nations.  T. Suraya-Yarzada

Monday, March 17, 2014
Kabul (BNA) India’s new consular has taken up his work in Herat province.
Amit Kumar, India’s new general consular in an introductory meeting with Herat governor Sayed Fazlullah Wahidi recalled India’s interest for extension of friendly relations between the two countries.
Governor of Herat while receiving the Indian new appointed general consular declared overall preparations of the province’s local government for facilitation of relevant affairs to development and extension of bilateral friendship between the two countries.
Wahidi while praising India and its people for friendly and honest cooperation in reconstruction particularly in completion of infrastructural plans including Salma Dam asked for widely continuation of the cooperation in future.
In return, the Indian new general consular informed of acceleration of efforts for completion of the dam, expressing hoped that the project would be completed in current year.
He says with completion of the project, most areas will be irrigated and thousands of residents of the province will get access to constant electricity.
Salma Dam, which is located in Chesht Sharif district, is under construction by financial assistance of India.