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Wednesday, April 05, 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                                            67/50 afgs                           
One Pound Sterling                              83/50 afgs                         
One Euro                                              72/5afgs                        
One Emirate’s Dirham                         18/40 afgs                          
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees          627afgs                        
One Thousand Indian Rupees               1025 afgs             
One Thousand Iranian Rupees              17/55 afgs                       
 

Wednesday April 5, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met a number of Australians experts, government and research centers’ officials in Canberra, his office said in a statement.
According to the statement, in the meeting the president asked the Australian government to share its experience in the agriculture sector with Afghanistan and get maximum advantage of existing opportunities in his country. President Ghani held wide-ranging discussion with Australian agriculture experts in Canberra and briefed them about the existing opportunities in Afghanistan. In return, the experts also shared their views with the president, the statement added. President Ghani called the Australian expertise in water management, quality agriculture, exploration of market and technical areas vital and urged them to share their skills with Afghanistan, the statement continued.
The Australian experts thanked President Ghani for offering them information on current situation and opportunities in the agriculture sector. They pledged to share their experiences with Afghanistan through short and long-term programs, the statement concluded.
 

Tuesday April 4, 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                                             83/80 afgs                        
One Euro                                                           72/10 afgs                       
One Emirate’s Dirham                                            18/30 afgs                         
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees                            627 afgs                       
One Thousand Indian Rupees               1025 afgs            
One Thousand Iranian Rupees                             17/60 afgs   
 

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
 

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