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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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1st batch of Afghan students graduate from National Agricultural Sciences & Technology University

The first batch of 21 students of ANASTU were awarded M.Sc. degrees on 6th June 2016 at the convocation/graduation ceremony held at Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) in New Delhi. The Graduation Ceremony was attended from Indian side by   Amar

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Afghanistan Agriculture Ministry to conduct nationwide insect pests and plant diseases survey

Afghanistan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock plans to launch a nationwide survey of existing plant pests and diseases and later find ways to preventing them. Deputy minister Mr. Mir Amanudin Haidari at the Stakeholder Planning Workshop of this survey

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Two-fold increase in wheat yield in Farah province

Wheat production in Farah province this year has doubled, according to the provincial department of agriculture and livestock. Eng. Abdul Manan Mateen, head of the agriculture department, linked the increase in wheat yield to sufficient rainfall and good quality wheat

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International Fund for Agricultural Development Project started in Parwan Province

Afghan Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) has started the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Project in Jabal Saraj district of Parwan province. The project was inaugurated by Minister Eng. Naseer Ahmad Durrani on Sunday. The purpose of

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AgFair held in Mazar to promote agricultural sector in Northern Afghanistan

An agricultural exhibition was held on April 28th and 29th in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan to help promote the agricultural sector in Northern Afghanistan. The AgFair was organized by the Balkh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) and the Afghan-German cooperation at

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Afghanistan receives $6mn in loan for agriculture development

The Afghan government has received USD 6mn in loan which will go to farmers, small entrepreneurs and agricultural producers to produce, process and pack their products in accordance with the international standards. An agreement to that effect was signed between

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Afghanistan signs $2.38mn worth of trade deals in Gulfood exhibition

Afghan traders who attended the Gulfood exhibition in Dubai signed a number of contracts with USD 2.38mn for agricultural products. The Gulfood exhibition is the world’s largest annual culinary event in the Middle East region. The USAID supported Afghanistan’s participation

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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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Saffron production up by 17% in Afghanistan

Saffron production in Afghanistan has increased by 17%, according to Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL). Afghanistan has produced 4,675 of saffron this year compared to last year’s 4,000kg with majority of the spice grown in western Herat

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Innovation Grant Fund will increase Afghan farmers’ access to agricultural credit

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Agricultural Credit Enhancement- II (ACE-II) program in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) is seeking innovative solutions to expand the availability of agricultural credit for Afghan farmers. The

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NUG plans to construct 21 dams to control Afghanistan’s waters

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani announced on Saturday that the National Unity Government (NUG) plans to launch work on the construction of 21 water dams to control Afghanistan’s waters. The announcement was made at the 4th Annual Extension Conference of the

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Agriculture Ministry promises agro projects for Helmand province

Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Minister Asadullah Zamir announced on Thursday that agriculture projects worth 500mn Afghanis would be launched in southern Helmand province. Addressing a press conference, Minister Zamir said the projects included green houses, 500 pistachio orchards, water dams,

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Fruit processing factories established in Paktia province

Two fruit processing factories worth USD 450,000 have been established in Gardiz city of Sayed Karam district in eastern Paktia province. Funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the factories were established by the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and

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Takhar lemon flooding Afghan markets

Orchard owners in northern Takhar province are enjoying a good season of lemon this year. With the establishment of lemon orchards in the province, the production of lemon has increased unprecedentedly. The new lemon orchards were established in Yangi Qala,

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