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Herat farmers start ostrich farming industry

A family in Herat has started the first ostrich farming industry in the province with an initial investment of USD 50,000. According to the farmer Ahmad Shah Sharifi, their investment has already doubled and will soon start selling ostrich meat,

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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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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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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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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 new agriculture machineries

Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) introduced a new cultivation machinery to farmers in Bamyan that cultivate more potatoes in shortest possible time. This comes as potato yield is considerably declining in the province due to influx of

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Afghan Agriculture Ministry to launch various projects

Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) have on the cards various projects under their 2013-2016 plan. Addressing a meeting on the plan, Minister Mohammad Asif Rahimi said his Ministry was constructing five slaughter houses and 700 cold storage

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8 cold storages to be established in six provinces

Afghan Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Ministry has undertaken construction of eight large cold storage facilities across six provinces in an attempt to preserve huge quantity of fresh fruits from being wasted. Deputy Agriculture Minister Mir Amanudding Haideri told Pajhwok Afghan

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Distribution of improved seeds and fertilizer to launch in Logar province

Improved seeds and fertilizer will be distributed to farmers in Pul-e-Alam, provincial capital of Logar province. Over 4,000 farmers all across the districts of the province will receive improved seeds and chemical fertilizer from the Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Department.

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Fruit crops destroyed in Baghlan due to snowfall

Heavy snowfall in four districts of Baghlan—Bano, De Salah, Khost and Pul-e-Hesar—has demolished fruit crops, causing huge losses to farmers. “The snowfall destroyed 2,000 apple trees and 1,500 cherry trees on my fields. I have lost everything I owned pretty

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Bamyan potato production meets 60% of Afghanistan’s demand

Bamyan potato farmers would supply 50% of Afghanistan’s demands in previous years; however, this year’s production is estimated to meet 60% of the demand. Known for its unique quality and taste, potatoes from Bamyan are not only exported to other

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Afghan Farmers Attend Agriculture-Business Seminar

PAKTIKA PROVINCE – Afghanistan – The first agricultural-business seminar was held in Orgun district, Feb. 10-11. The United States Department of Agriculture designed the seminar to teach fifty-one Afghan farmers how to maximize uses for their crops and contribute to

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Inauguration of a cold storage room in Baghlan Province

Officials of the High Peace Council in Baghlan announced the establishment of a cold storage room with a capacity of 100 tons of agricultural products. Chief of the provincial Council Samadi Stanekzai said the cold storage room is built in

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Kabul to witness 300 agriculture projects

The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock has planned 300 projects that would be launched in Kabul during the current year. Costing more than USD 15mn, the projects include food security, animal husbandry, natural resources and an improved irrigation system,

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Snowfall causing problems to the livestock in Baghlan

The livestock in Baghlan are faced with serious problems caused by the constant snowfall and the cold weather. Livestock owners mainly the nomads said that snow has covered all the pastures. Many of the herds of those who live on

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Japan’s million dollar aid to Afghanistan’s agriculture sector

Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal signed the USD 18.5mn contract with Hiroshi Takashi, Japan’s ambassador to Afghanistan, and the Head of the Asian Development Bank, Joji Tokeshi, on Wednesday. The aid money is allocated for construction of cold storage rooms,

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Agriculture Ministry touts the success of saffron in Nangarhar

In a pilot program under the Ministry of Agriculture, some farmers in Nangarhar have switched from opium cultivation to saffron and have said that their income has more than doubled from the sale of spice. Saffron is a well-known spice

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China-funded irrigation project helps boost farming

China Daily- As Chinese workers tried to complete in a few months an irrigation canal project in Parwan province that was built by China in the 1970s but left unfinished during ensuing wars, local people were looking to its completion

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Standardizing agriculture system in Balkh province of Afghanistan

About 200 farmers in the North of Afghanistan are provided with small-sized tractors and are trained in operating the vehicles. The farmers are happy about using tractors on their fields and are finding them more efficient and economical compared to

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Paktika farmers call on government for saffron cultivation training

Paktika farmers want to switch to growing saffron as the best alternative to the illicit crop, poppy. The farmers are seeking the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock to provide saffron seeds and training programs for them. The province offers

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Agriculture Minister working to modernize Afghanistan’s agriculture

With more than 80% of the population engaged in farming, agriculture remains the core sector of Afghanistan’s economy. The three decades of war have certainly made farming challenging for the people, but the wars have not changed the central importance

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Reduction in Agricultural Production in Ghazni

Ghazni officials reported that the production of wheat and some other grains in Ghazni has declined. “Constant droughts have resulted in heavy losses to crop,” said Sultan Hussain Abbasyar, Director of Agriculture in Ghazni. Situated in the center of the

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