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Afghanistan to become self-sufficient in wheat production by 2020

According to Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, Afghanistan is set to become self-sufficient in wheat production by 2020. Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, Mir Amanuddin Haidari, said the draft strategy and policy for grain production in the

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Japan pledges $13.5mn to develop irrigation system in Afghanistan

The Japanese government has pledged to provide USD 13.5mn in aid to develop irrigation system in Kunduz, Takhar and Baghlan provinces of Afghanistan. An agreement to that effect was signed between Afghan Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Minister Asadullah Zameer, chargé

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World Bank provides 298 agricultural machineries to Afghanistan

The Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) has received 298 agriculture machineries worth 73mn from the World Bank (WB). MAIL Minister Asadullah Zamir said the machineries had been procured based on the needs of farmers in Herat, Balkh,

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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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Refined wheat seeds distributed to farmers in Badakhshan

Distribution of refined wheat seeds has kicked off in northeastern Badakhshan province in a bid to tackle poppy cultivation in the province. The agriculture department in Badakhshan would distribute as many as 240 tons of refined seeds to 4,800 farmers

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Afghan Agriculture Ministry creates over 550 jobs in six months

The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) said in a statement on Wednesday it had created over 550 jobs during the past six months. As per the statement, the newly-hired employees have high-level degrees and the recruitments included both

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Lab detecting toxic items in agri products opens in Kabul

Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MAIL) has set up a laboratory in capital Kabul that detects mycotoxins in agricultural products. Financed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the lab has been established at a total

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Afghan Agriculture Ministry builds over 500 potato storages in Bamyan

The Afghan Ministry of Agriculture has funded construction of over 500 potato storages for farmers in Bamyan province. Built at a cost of about 240mn Afghanis, the storages have a total capacity of over 10,000 tons. Bamyan is known for

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Donor community pledges to support Afghanistan’s agriculture sector

The officials of the United States and the World Bank have pledged to support Afghanistan’s agriculture sector at a high-level meeting in Washington, said a statement from the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL). Afghan Minister Assadullah Zamir

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Kapisa witnesses significant increase in its agricultural production

Agricultural production has increased significantly from last year in Kapisa province, according to latest figures from the provincial agriculture department. The province has witnessed a 20% boost in grapes production, 15% in apple and peach and 10% in cherry, compared

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Timely rains boost wheat production in Badghis

This year’s timely rains has increased wheat yield for Badghis farmers by 61%. Provincial Agriculture Director Hafizullah Benish told Pajhwok Afghan News this year Badghis produced 78,517 tons of wheat, compared to last year’s 26,392 tons. He linked the higher

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Jujube price doubles in Farah province

The jujube yield has increased in western Farah province and has resulted in higher income for the farmers as the price has doubled up. The price of one kilogram of jujube ranges between 80 and 160 AFN, compared to last

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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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Helmand to get various agriculture facilities

Provincial Agriculture Department of Helmand said a cold storage facility, a dairy farm and a market for agricultural products would be established by the end of this solar year in Helmand province. Acting agriculture director Rafiullah Qalam told Pajhwok Afghan

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Completion of 13 horticultural storehouses in six provinces of Afghanistan

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAIL) reported that the construction of 13 storehouses for horticultural products have been completed in six provinces. The storehouses are constructed at a total cost of USD 3mn funded from the Ministry’s budget. According

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Herat expecting a 20% increase in grape production

Agriculture officials of Herat are anticipating a 20% increase in grape production in the province this year, expecting a collection of at least 125,000 tons of grapes. Known as the hub for Afghanistan’s grape production, Herat produces over 70 types

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Helmand farmers witness heavy basil production this year

Farmers in Helmand turned to cultivation of basil this year and have witnessed a heavy production of the crop. Once known as the hub for poppy cultivation, the southern Helmand province has seen a tremendous growth in legitimate crops in

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Saffron to become a countrywide crop in Afghanistan

The Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL)plans to distribute saffron bulbs to farmers in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan. This comes as Afghan farmers have urged the government to support the expansion of saffron cultivation in the country.

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Afghan Agriculture Ministry to establish new industrial parks

Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Minister Assadullah Zamir announced plans to establish new industrial parks across the country in a bid to boost Afghan agriculture products and exports. The industrial parks will provide standardized packing and processing of fresh and dry

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Japan’s irrigation scheme transforms Nangarhar’s desert

An irrigation scheme launched by the Japanese government has transformed Gamberi desert in eastern Nangarhar province into lush forests and fertile farmland. The scheme called “Green Ground Project” was launched in 2003 and intends to irrigate 16,500 hectares of arid

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Agricultural products grow considerably this year: Agriculture Ministry

Favorable climate, improved irrigation, provision of trainings for farmers and prevention of diseases are cited as major factors behind this year’s growth in agricultural production. Watermelon, melon, wheat, saffron and greenhouses have witnessed a considerable growth this year, Lutfullah Rashed,

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First-ever crop diseases control lab established in Kabul

The first-ever crop diseases control laboratory has been established in Kabul. The USD 150mn worth of laboratory was inaugurated on Wednesday by the Agriculture and Livestock Minister Asadullah Zameer, who regarded the facility as an important stride toward controlling harmful

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Improved irrigation and flood protection for farmland in Baghlan

Two newly rebuilt irrigation canals were officially handed over to local government and communities in Baghaln on Thursday. The work done on the Govergan and Baladory canals will help improve irrigation for approximately 11,000 hectares of farmland in the districts

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New Agriculture Minister hopes to spark “agricultural revolution”

Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, Assadullah Zamir, unveiled his 100-day action plan which will be carried out in 8 phases. He highlighted implementation of reforms, merit-based formation of the Ministry’s structure, focus on insecure regions, fighting corruption and

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