Afghan farmers receive training on modern farming techniques
USAID’s Afghanistan Agricultural Extension Project-II is helping agricultural extension workers transfer useful information and technology to farmers.
The project established a wheat production demonstration plot in Kabul for 25 extension workers. The participants received practical training on modern techniques for wheat growing which included demonstrations on row planting, which produces higher quality and quantity of crop yield. Extension workers will transfer their knowledge to community farmers.
Wheat is an essential crop in Afghanistan with most families consuming bread three times a day with their meals. Increasing domestic wheat production has therefore continued to be a priority for the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock.
Throughout November, the program conducted 16 separate trainings on Improved Wheat Production in Kabul, Parwan, Kapisa, and Panjshir provinces, attended by more than 320 farmers.
The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Afghanistan Agricultural Extension Project-II (AAEP-II) helps Afghanistan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock deliver effective services to rural clientele by strengthening cooperation among other government agencies working in the agricultural sector.
A key component of AAEP-II is the establishment of provincial model teaching farms in five core provinces (Balkh, Herat, Kabul, Nangarhar, and Kunduz). This includes providing small grants for lead farmers to replicate good practices on their farms where other farmers can learn. The model farms give farmers an on-the-ground example of the best agriculture techniques and access to trainers.
AAEP-II information services and training also will be available in an additional 20 provinces via a cooperative agreement with the Ministry and its regional directorates.
AAEP-II has four objectives:
- Help agricultural extension workers transfer useful information and technology to farmers.
- Improve rural household food security and income generation.
- Improve nutrition for farm households.
- Improve agricultural services for women working in the agricultural sector.
Prices of certain food items have decreased as the Afghani currency appreciated against two foreign currencies during the outgoing week:
On October 7, 2013, 304 civil servants of all line departments in Kunduz as well as graduates from Kunduz University