20 November 2019

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Monday, September 23, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) has signed a deal with Uzbekistan to import electricity from the Central Asian Country for another 10 years.
The agreement was signed on the sidelines of CAREC Energy Ministers’ Dialogue in Tashkent, capital city of Uzbekistan.
Based on the agreement, Uzbekistan is required to export 4.2 billion kilowatt hours initially and up to 6 billion in the next phase.
Wahidullah Tawhidi a spokesman for the utility Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat, said that the contracted electricity will transmit through 500kv line, which is under construction.
He said that the price of the electricity will be determined in separate contracts.
Separately, DABS said that it signed an agreement with Turkmenistan on synchronization of electricity grids.
The agreement will see Afghanistan save $600 million and private sector will be free to transmit and sell power.
Afghanistan has the potential to produce up to 23,000 MW from its hydro, solar, wind, gas and thermal resources, but the country is too reliant on imports.
Many big projects that could light up all of Afghanistan still remain on the drawing board, have faced cost over runs or have been delayed due to security concerns.

Monday, September 23, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The construction work of an irrigation canal and agricultural water storage was completed and irrigation was provided for about 180 acres of agricultural land in Badakhshan province.
The canal and agricultural water storage have been constructed in Ghelawak and Dar-e-Qayeq villages of Tashkan district.
Feraidon Azhand spokesman of rural rehabilitation and development ministry told BNA, the projects have been built from national citizenship program of rural rehabilitation and development ministry at the cost of over 3500,000 Afghanis.
With completion work of the two projects, irrigation problems for more than 150 families have been resolved.
T. Yarzada

Sunday, September 22, 2019
Pul-e-Khumri (BNA) Saffron farmers of Baghlan participated in a theoretical and practical training, BNA reported.
Najibullah Mudaqiq provincial head of saffron department of agriculture irrigation and livestock directorate of Baghlan said to the agency, thirty-five saffron cultivators of the province received practical and the theoretical training.
The purpose of the training program is to raise professional and technical capacity of saffron farmers in cultivating, training, growing and marketing, he said to the agency.

Sunday, September 22, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development of United Kingdom brought together a group of Afghanistan’s major donors and partners at Lancaster House in London the other day.
The donors discussed how best to tackle ongoing development and humanitarian needs of Afghanistan and potential future opportunities to use assistance to support Afghan peace.  They also reiterated the importance of credible, transparent and inclusive Presidential elections on 28 September.
The group reviewed the current situation and immediate priorities, including the importance of a reduction in violence that would also increase development and humanitarian access.  It discussed the need for continued humanitarian and development funding for Afghanistan, and the importance of ensuring proper coordination between the two.  The group also discussed the importance of reducing poverty, anti-corruption, long term infrastructure development, improving access to basic services and promoting economic growth.
The group emphasized the importance of continued reform, transparency and the protection of the rights of all Afghan women, men and children, including minorities, and the need to ensure that future assistance from the international community should support human rights, in particular women’s rights and participation.

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