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Herat to harvest over 8 tons of saffron this year

Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock department in Herat said Herat farmers expect to harvest over eight tons of saffron this year. Department’s head Abdul Saboor Rahmani said the number of acres of land cultivated for saffron has increased from last year’s

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121 cold storages for onions established across Kabul

The Afghan government has established 121 cold storages in five districts of Kabul for onions. “It was part of this year’s plan to build cold storages in Kabul’s districts and we plan to build more in the future,” said Minister

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Water Reforms and Agriculture Productivity Activities in Disarray in Afghanistan

The result of a recent study, conducted by the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) on Water Reforms and Agricultural Productivity in Afghanistan, reveals widespread disarray in the work of relevant ministries. According to the study, all aspects of the

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Women’s Contributions to Agriculture Economy in Afghanistan Need Recognition

Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) is pleased to release the findings of an in-depth study on women in agriculture in Afghanistan. The study looks at some of the issues that hamper or boost the recognition and enhancement of women’s

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Afghanistan harvests over 59,000 tons of cotton annually

The Afghan government has approached industrialists to present their plans and recommendations for way to revive the textile industry in Afghanistan. Afghanistan produces over 59,000 tons of cotton annually, but there are no cotton processing factories in the country. In

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Afghan government to distribute 500 tons of saffron bulbs to farmers

The Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) plans to distribute over 500 tons of saffron bulbs to farmers in 30 provinces this year, marking the launch of the national five-year plan for saffron development. The ministry will establish

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World Bank funds 8 greenhouses in Uruzgan province

Eight greenhouses have been recently built in different areas of Tirinkot, the provincial capital of central Uruzgan province. Funded by the World Bank, the greenhouses are built on 2,850 square meters of land at a total cost of 29 million

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USAID assists Afghan women in learning about agricultural credit

One of the most difficult challenges for women farmers and agriculture-related business owners in Afghanistan is the access to credit for their agriculture operations, and understanding how credit works for them. On Wednesday, USAID’s Agricultural Credit Enhancement Phase-II project (ACE-II)

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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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