21 September 2018

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Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Kabul (BNA) US. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Herbie Smith and Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) Naseer Ahmad Durrani launched two new value chain projects to improve Afghanistan’s agricultural sector here yesterday.
The main objectives of the programs are to drive job creation and increase rural incomes through support to key actors along the livestock and high value crops value chains, a statement from the USAID said, adding these programs will generate revenue and sustainable jobs, to increase the capacity of key value chain business, and to facilitate the ability of businesses to sell high quality products both domestically and internationally.
“The U.S. government is committed to supporting Afghanistan by promoting market-driven, private sector-led economic growth,” Mission Director Herbie Smith said, as quoted in the statement.
The two programs announced yesterday, Afghanistan Value Chains Livestock and Afghanistan Value Chains High Value Crops, will focus on increasing the productivity and competitiveness of key businesses in the market centers of Kabul, Herat, Mazar-e-Sharif, Jalalabad, and Kandahar.  Individually, the programs are anticipated to increase productivity in their target value chains by more than 30 present over the next five year.  Together, they will support Afghan enterprises in engaging in $140 million in additional sales, and catalyze an additional $65 million in agricultural investments, the statement added.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Sar-e-Pul (BNA) Saffron cultivation have been increased 50% in Sar-e-Pul, BNA reported.
Provincial agriculture and livestock directorate of the province reported from increasing of 50% of saffron cultivation and said, this year 12000kg of saffron onion have been distributed to the 60 saffron cultivators.
Maiuddin Haini provincial agriculture and livestock director of the province said that 60 exhibitive saffron unit have been distributed for 625 square meter, that 40% have been allocated for women.
Each exhibitive unit received 200kg saffron onion, which caused their outcome to increase by 50% he added.

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Prince Karim Agha Khan’s Ambassador Noor Jahan Mawani met with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Friday, The Presidential Press Office said.
During the meeting, both sides discussed and exchanged views on issues relating to Ahan Khan Foundation projects in the areas of energy, telecommunication and agriculture in Afghanistan and other countries as well as facilitating investment over the said sectors in the country, according to the statement.
The related organs would provide legal facilities for investors including the Afghan Khan Foundation in the country, according to the statement.

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Officials of Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) on Thursday said that the minister of agriculture is leading a high-level delegation from the private sector to Kazakhstan where they will hold talks with Kazakh officials on reaching an agreement about the proposal.
The plan is aimed to address the vulnerabilities we have from the drought and to help the wheat processing factories, said MAIL spokesman Akbar Rustami.
According to industrialists, over 200 wheat processing factories have stopped working in the country and that the ongoing drought has left the factories almost bankrupt.
According to MAIL, this year there is a 700,000 ton wheat shortage from the domestic resources.
“With the cooperation of the private sector, wheat we need will be purchased. It is better to import wheat instead of flour, because this will help to create jobs and to revive those factories which have stopped working and this is also good in terms of economic activities,” said Rustami.
“In joint cooperation with the ministry of agriculture and irrigation, we have supplied over 56,217 tons of wheat to 20 provinces in the country, delivery has started to up to 120,000 families,” said Haseebullah Shaikhani, head of the public relations department of the ministry of national disaster management.
“Until now Kazakhstan has not officially certified the issue. The objective of the Afghan delegation under the leadership of the minister of agriculture and irrigation and head of the wheat processing factories union to convince the Tajik officials on the issue,” said Mohammad Shabeer Bashiri, head of the industrial council.
Based on statistics, Afghanistan currently has nine storage facilities in nine provinces.

Afghanistan needs six million tons of wheat annually and of this, 4.5 million tons comes from domestic sources and another 1.5 million from abroad.
According to MAIL, Afghanistan’s current storage capacity for cereal is estimated to be 270,000 tons. However, MAIL officials have said government would like the private sector to invest in the establishment of such facilities – especially for wheat.
Payam Aftab

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