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Preliminary Findings of a Nomad-Farmer Conflict Study Released in a Report

In November 2017, the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) launched a three-pronged research initiative with financial support of the European Union (EU). The research focuses on Natural Resource Management (NRM), Food Zone Policy, Underground Water and the shifting interests

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More Afghan farmers turning to soybean to fight malnutrition

For the past 12 years, Nutrition & Education International (NEI), an international non-governmental organization funded by the Republic of Korea, has significantly improved the health and well-being of thousands of malnourished women and children throughout Afghanistan – all with the

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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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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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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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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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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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Raisin production doubles this year in Herat

The raisin production in western Herat province has doubled this year, said officials on Monday. This year farmers have produced 20,000 tons of raisins, compared to last year’s yield of 8,000-10,000 tons. The province produced more than 70 varieties of

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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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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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Afghan soybean farmers break a historical record

This year Afghan farmers produced the most amount of soybeans in the history of the country. With the assistance of a NGO called Nutrition and Educational International (NEI), an estimated 13,000 Afghan farmers are cultivating soybean this year. NEI distributed

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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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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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France boosts WFP emergency response in Afghanistan while helping local economy

The Government of France has announced a contribution of €400,000 (US$ 424,000) to the World Food Program (WFP) to assist with emergency response in Afghanistan in 2015. The announcement was formalized at a signing ceremony on Wednesday at the French

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Farmers in eastern Afghanistan are happy about soybeans harvest

By Akmar Zaher-Despite the difficulty of introducing alien crops to Afghanistan’s agricultural sector, some farmers in the eastern Nangarhar province say they are doing well out of soybean. Since 2010, the United States Department of Agriculture has been running a

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Afghanistan’s agriculture system to be modernized

Officials of the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry believe that the traditional methods of agriculture would change once the capacity of the officials and farmers is strengthened. The Agriculture and Higher Education Ministers signed an agreement through which the agriculture system

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Grape harvest pleases Sar-e-Pul farmers but low prices disappoint them

Farmers in Sar-e-Pul have witnessed a considerable growth in their grape production this year; however, low prices of their product in the market have disappointed them. Lack of sufficient cold storage and electricity supply has been cited as the farmers’

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A guide book published to help improve fruit cultivation in Afghanistan

A guide book titled “Fruit Trees Guide” has been published by the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the European Union (EU) to help farmers improve their trees’ productivity. Containing information on about 900 different kinds of fruit-bearing fruits,

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2 dams to be built in Helmand and Kandahar provinces

Afghan Ministry of Energy and Water has earmarked USD 103mn for construction of two dams in southern Afghanistan: one in Spin Boldak border town of Kandahar and one in the Nahri Saraj district of Helmand province. A senior Ministry official

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Paktia in need of market for their apples

Paktia apple orchard owners have called on the government to establish a proper market for their apples. According to Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN), 7 kilograms of apples from Paktia are sold at 100 AFN. The price does not meet the

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Afghan farmers demand saffron cultivation training after successful pilot projects

Farmers in Ghazni have demanded training in saffron cultivation after obtaining positive results from last year’s pilot projects. The farmers found the crop business lucrative and have called on the government to provide them further information on how to cultivate

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Purdue Helps Bring Back Education in Afghanistan

When Kabul University reopened after the fall of the Taliban in March 2002, Purdue University professors Kevin McNamara and Zarjon Baha were invited to attend the opening with Purdue alum Dennis Engi. They met faculty who had no lab experience,

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30% decline in Samangan wheat production

Agriculture department officials in Samangan province have reported a 30% decline in this year’s wheat production. “Last year, 133,000 hectares of rainfed and irrigated lands produced 100,000 tons of wheat. However, this year, the yield stands at 70,000 tons from

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64 Tractors donated to farmers in Bamiyan Province

By Mohammad Naeem: Officials from Bamiyan Agriculture Department have reported that New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) has donated 64 Tractors to farmers in Bamiyan. These Tractors, costing $900,000, have been provided to several agricultural cooperatives in various provincial districts

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