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Afghan government to build 248 cold storage facilities

The Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) plans to build 248 cold storage facilities worth USD 40mn across Afghanistan in the next two years. Funded by the ministry’s development budget, the cold storage facilities have up to 50,000

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50mn Afghanis worth of garden projects implemented in Takhar

As many as 57 garden projects worth 50mn Afghanis have been implemented on rain-fed lands in northeastern Takhar province in the past two years through the National Horticulture and Livestock Project (NHLP). Each project included planting fruit trees and cultivating

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Pilot saffron cultivation program produces good results in Bamyan province

Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL)  received positive results from its pilot saffron cultivation program in central Bamyan province over the last two years. For the first year of the experiment saffron was cultivated on nine plots of

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Foundation for Afghanistan’s first grapes & raisins processing factory laid in Parwan

Afghanistan’s first ever grapes and raisins processing factory is soon to be established in the northern province of Parwan. The foundation for the new factory was laid on Friday by Afghanistan’s CEO Abdullah Abdullah. Abdullah highlighted the importance of investment

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Japan contributes $12mn to Afghanistan for irrigation, fiscal support

The Japanese government has pledged over USD 12mn to the Afghan government for the improvement of irrigation systems and to provide fiscal support. According to a statement from the Japanese Embassy in Kabul, the projects covered under this funding are

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EU to provide $2.5mn to promote agricultural technology in Afghanistan

The European Union will provide USD 2.5mn to promote agricultural technology in Afghanistan through the Capacity Building of Institutions Assessing Agricultural Products program. Afghanistan’s Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Minister, Fahim Ziaye, said the program will be implemented in partnership with

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Afghan government to deliver 10,000 tons of seeds to farmers

The Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) will distribute 10,000 tons of improved seeds along with fertilizers to Afghan farmers to help them produce better crops. Afghanistan needs between 50,000 to 60,000 tons of seeds annually, but the

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Afghan government to launch 5-year plan for saffron development

The Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) will launch a 5-year plan for countrywide development of saffron cultivation and harvest in the next year. Ministry’s spokesperson Lutfullah Rashid said the plan involved establishment of two laboratories for saffron

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Japan pledges $8.7mn to improve agriculture in Herat

The Japanese government has pledged USD 8.7mn grant to support agriculture in the western Herat province of Afghanistan through the “Project for Improvement of Agricultural Value Chain in Herat”. An agreement to that effect was signed by Kenji Enoshita, Charge

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Afghan agricultural produce spoil due to lack of markets

A number of local businessmen voiced their concerns over lack of markets and storage facilities for their agricultural products, mainly onions. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), 142,000 tons of onions were harvested this year. However,

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First-ever rice mill inaugurated in Nangarhar

The first-ever rice mill was officially inaugurated in eastern Nangarhar province on Wednesday. A local company, Sami Ibrahim Construction, has invested USD 1.5mn in the building of the factory, with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) bearing 15%

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Women in Jawzjan start growing mushrooms for a living

A group of poor Afghan women in Jawzjan province has embarked on growing mushrooms in their fields to improve their economy. The provincial agriculture and livestock department trained these women in growing mushroom and provided them with the all the

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Qatari businessman invests $20mn in Farah’s agriculture sector

Businessman and owner of the Qatar Algharafa Charity Foundation has invested USD 20mn in Farah province to improve and develop the agriculture and livestock sector. The foundation will establish dates and pistachio orchards and prepare pastures for people who have

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USAID extends budget for Afghan agricultural exports

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a three-year extension to its 2010-2016 Commercial Horticulture and Agricultural Marketing Program (CHAMP) to widen its geographic coverage in Afghanistan and reach more international markets. The extension added nearly $16 million to

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Saffron cultivated lands in Afghanistan up by 800 hectares this year

The western Herat province, home for Afghanistan’s saffron, hosted the second Saffron Flower National Festival on Wednesday. Saffron farmers displayed saffron flower and demonstrated how to collect pure saffron. Held at the Maulana Jalaluddin Mohammad Balkhi hall in Herat city,

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Afghan saffron ranked first for 3rd consecutive year

The International Taste and Quality Institute (ITQI) in Brussels, Belgium ranked Afghan saffron number one for the third year in a row. Afghan saffron was selected among 300 saffron samples from around the world. Saffron has turned into an important

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Afghanistan expects a 3-fold increase in saffron in next 5 years

The Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MAIL) plans to increase saffron production in the country from the current amount of 5.3 tons to 14 tons in the next five years. The ministry has managed to establish laboratories, training

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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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WB assists $70mn to develop irrigation system in Afghanistan

The World Bank (WB) has pledged USD 70mn to the Afghan government for reconstruction and development of irrigation system in the country. The announcement was made at a World Bank session, headed by Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, in Kabul on

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USAID funds new facilities to advance agricultural education in Kanadahar

A new agriculture demonstration farm and research facility will be set up at the Afghanistan National Agriculture Science and Technology University (ANASTU) in Kandahar with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The demonstration farm will be used

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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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USAID supports Afghanistan’s “farmer-focused” approach to develop agriculture

The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock of Afghanistan (MAIL) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) signed agreements on Monday to roll out new agricultural projects and extend a few ongoing initiatives. This partnership will contribute to the

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100-hectare pistachio forests being revived in Badakhshan

According to the Agriculture Department official, 100-hectare pistachio forests are being revived in northeastern Badakhshan province. Noor Mohammad said pistachio forests were being rehabilitated in five districts of Badakhshan province to help farmers generate income and to increase greenery in

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Afghanistan sees a considerable increase in honey production

According to figures from Afghanistan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), 1,864,500kg of honey has been produced throughout the country this year. Presently, 23,700 beekeepers (of which 652 are women) are currently engaged in honey production within 58 cooperatives

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Afghanistan approves 5yr national development plan for saffron

Afghan Finance Ministry announced Sunday that the High Economic Council approved the 5-year national development plan for saffron. Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi has asked Afghanistan’s Agriculture Ministry to identify the challenges facing saffron development in the country. The Agriculture Ministry

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