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Herat farmers start ostrich farming industry

A family in Herat has started the first ostrich farming industry in the province with an initial investment of USD 50,000. According to the farmer Ahmad Shah Sharifi, their investment has already doubled and will soon start selling ostrich meat,

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12 agri products’ processing & packaging centers to be built soon

The Afghan government will establish 12 agriculture products’ processing and packaging centers in various provinces of Afghanistan at a total cost of USD 1.6mn. An agreement to that effect was signed between Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) and

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Almond production quadruples in Samangan, prices edge down

Almond production has increased four times over the last year in northern Samangan province while prices have declined. The total yield of almond is estimated at 2,000 tons in 2016, compared with last year’s 500 tons. According to Pajhwok Afghan

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First commercial sterilized soy milk factory will soon launch in Afghanistan

Nutrition and Education International (NEI) is partnering with an Afghanistan business partner to create a commercial sterilized soymilk for Afghanistan’s private sector in the coming months. The factory will be able to produce soy milk on a large scale for

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Balkh farmers recognize gender equality for International Women’s Day

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and representatives of provincial government offices honored 30 women farmers from Balkh Province for their important contributions in the agricultural sector as part of celebrations for International Women’s day. Under the theme

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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

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Road shows help Afghan poultry sector find new investors

The Balkh Chamber of Commerce and Industries held a series of poultry road shows in the past week in Mazar-e Sharif that let farmers and producers exhibit their produce and machinery and help attract new investors. Financial and technical assistance

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Distribution of saffron corms to farmers in Samangan province

 The agriculture department in Samangan province has distributed 200kg saffron corms to eight farmers to grow in their fields and test the productivity. Noor Mohammad, Head of the agriculture department, said the Red Crescent Society had initiated the project of

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USAID finances a USD 300mn program to help improve Afghan agribusiness

The Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), Assadullah Zamir, and the Mission Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Herbie Smith, agreed today to continue collaboration supporting activities that will help improve food economic security for

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Daikundi farmers earn 1.05bn AFN from almond sales

The increase prices of almond have brought in 1.05 in revenue to farmers in central Daikundi province. The price for almond hiked from last year’s price of 100 AFN per kilo to 150 AFN this year. The farmers obtained 1.05bn

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Paktiya farmers in search of market for their increased apple production

Farmers in Paktiya have witnessed a tremendous increase in apple production this year. However, lack of a suitable market and cold storage facilities have left the farmers in dismay. The production of apple in the province has jumped to 13,000

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Saffron production on the rise in Afghanistan

In a bid to boost saffron production in the country, the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock has established around 100 exhibitive pieces in various provinces to help farmers receive technical support in saffron cultivation. Saffron is witnessing an unprecedented

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Roots of Peace remains committed to support Afghanistan despite the attack

Roots of Peace CEO and Founder, Heidi Kuhn, said her organization would continue to support Afghanistan despite the recent attack on their compound in Karte Chaar, Kabul on Friday. The suicide car bomb followed by at least three armed men

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Helmand farmers switching to wheat cultivation

Farmers in Helmand, world’s largest opium-producing region, had cultivated wheat on about 100,000 hectares of land this year. In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN), Agriculture Director Rohullah Rawan said distribution of seeds to farmers and public awareness

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8 cold storages to be established in six provinces

Afghan Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Ministry has undertaken construction of eight large cold storage facilities across six provinces in an attempt to preserve huge quantity of fresh fruits from being wasted. Deputy Agriculture Minister Mir Amanudding Haideri told Pajhwok Afghan

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Opium production soars in Afghanistan ahead of NATO withdrawal

According to a United Nations Report, opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan has hit its record high, with areas under cultivation rising by 36% this year. Afghanistan has witnessed an almost 50% jump in opium production compared with last year. The

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Distribution of improved seeds and fertilizer to launch in Logar province

Improved seeds and fertilizer will be distributed to farmers in Pul-e-Alam, provincial capital of Logar province. Over 4,000 farmers all across the districts of the province will receive improved seeds and chemical fertilizer from the Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Department.

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Availability of small loans has enhanced agricultural production in Bamyan

Farmers in Bamyan are enjoying a 10% increase in their potato yield this year. Afghan Agriculture Minister Mohammad Asif Rahimi said availability of loans to farmers in Bamyan has had a significant impact on the province’s rural residents and has

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Farah witnesses a remarkable increase in jujube yield this year

Farah orchard owners are experiencing a tremendous hike in jujube production. With 950 hectares of land producing 1,187 tons of jujubes, the production has jumped three-fold this year in the province. The fruit is widely produced in Andar Dara, Pusht

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Saffron production spreads from 20 to 26 provinces across Afghanistan

Ministry of Agriculture officials have reported that saffron production has spread from 20 provinces to 26 provinces in the past year. Given the lucrative business of the expensive spice in the market, more Afghan farmers are turning into saffron production.

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Kunduz wheat yield slumped for various reasons

Kunduz farmers are witnessing a drastic decline in their wheat production this year. A farmer said his farms would produce 8,400 kg of wheat in past years, but in 2013 the yield slumped to 2,800 kg. Various reasons are cited

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Soybean seeds distributed for free to Kunduz farmers

Nutrition and Education International (NEI), a non-governmental organization, would freely distribute soybean seeds to farmers in northern Kunudz province in an attempt to address the problem of malnutrition among children in the province. The NGO has also provided training on

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New agricultural projects to be launched in 1392

Officials of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation said they would roll out a number of projects aimed at strengthening the agriculture sector during the New Year. This announcement was made on Thursday at the Jashn-e-Dehqan (The Farmer’s Festival)

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Farmers Receive Agriculture Training in Belambai

Approximately 50 farmers attended an agricultural course conducted by District Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock (DAIL) representatives in Belambai village, Panjwai district, Kandahar Province, March 18. Farmers of all ages from surrounding villages in the Zangabad region learned fertilization, seeding, soil-testing techniques and

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Ministry of Counternarcotics to meet the demands of Maidan Wardak

The Ministry of Counternarcotics has agreed to launch development projects at a cost of USD 2.4mn in central Maidan Wardak. Speaking at the meeting with Counternarcotics Minister Zarar Ahmad Muqbil , Governor Abdul Majeed Khugyani  said Maidan Wardak residents are

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