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Seminar Held On Agriculture Development

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The status of agricultural growth in Afghanistan was the topic of a research seminar organized by the academy of science of Afghanistan.
Attended by Soraya Popal chairman of the academy of science of Afghanistan and some scholars and researchers, the seminar was opened by President Karzai’s message that read in part.
One of the basic priorities of our country is development of agriculture, improving of agriculture, training cadres in agricultural science for if we don’t not have talented cadres we cannot take any bold steps towards development of this sector.
The message also mentions establishment of the agriculture facilities at the higher education institutions in the country to pave ground for regulating agricultural activities in the country.
The message calls holding of this seminar for seeking ways for development of agriculture as very useful and wished success for the participants of the seminar.
Soraya Popal head of the academy of Science of Afghanistan said that the aim of this seminar is to seek ways for development of agriculture in the country, adding that Afghanistan is an agricultural country and its agricultural products possess world reputation and agriculture products makes a bold item of our exports and based on surveys around 80% of our people are engaged in agriculture and animal husbandry activities.
She added that agriculture plays important role in economy of the country however; no considerable investment has taken place in this sector.
She stressed that though job creation in agriculture has reduced but still two thirds of our people are engaged in this sector.
Despite the facts that agriculture has no proper role in investment in non-net products but its products have earned considerable currency for the country.
According to her around 40 million jirib of land is cultivable in the country of which 14 million jirib is irrigated and 25 million jirib of the land is not cultivated due to shortage of water.
She noted that saffron is a valuable crop and there is need that investments should be made for growth of this corp.
At the end researchers read out their scientific articles with respect to ways to develop agriculture and discussion took place among the participants.

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