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Helmand’s pilot saffron projects show good results

According to the Pajhwok Afghan News, the agriculture ministry is distributing saffron seeds to growers in 11 of districts in Helmand. This comes after the successful conduct of pilot saffron projects that were undertaken in the province, where cultivation of

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Special Report – Stalking the Taliban in Afghan currency markets

By Mathew Green-(Reuters) Haji Khairullah Barakzai is the ultimate Afghan success story: illiterate village boy makes a fortune thanks to a lifetime of hard work, unerring street smarts and God’s favour. But to the U.S. Treasury Department, he is one

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Ghazni farmers happy about their saffron yield

A number of farmers have expressed their contentment about their production of saffron this year. Ghazni farmers began growing saffron on their lands only a few years back and have had a remarkable yield of this crop. According to one

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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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Commerce Ministry is responsible for finding market for saffron- Council of Ministers

The Council of Ministers assigned the Ministry of Commerce to find market for saffron productions. According to newsletter of the Council of Ministers, the Ministry of Commerce and Industries is responsible for taking serious steps in expanding the business for

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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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Government development packages dedicated to districts in Afghanistan

Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Counter Narcotics and Minister of Rural Development are jointly releasing development packages to a number of districts in Afghanistan. District of Bahsood in Nangarhar, Kaama, Kashm, and a number of regions in Balkh and Parwan

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Saffron touted as the best alternative to poppy

Given the high sales price of the spice and its compatibility with the arid Afghan environment, saffron industry is supported by the Afghan government. Earlier this year, the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock distributed 65,000 kg of saffron

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Cotton the best alternative to opium- Helmand elders

A number of residents in southern Helmand province believe that with increasing cotton yields in the province, the issue of insecurity would be minimized. This subject has been discussed among elders of the districts of Nadali, Marjah, Garshak, Nawa, Garamser

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Afghan women interested in cultivation of saffron in Jawzjan province

Lately, dozens of residents in the district of Aaqcha and city of Sheberghan, who have been provided with the opportunity of learning about the cultivation of saffron, have begun practical work on the cultivation and fostering of saffron. Officials say

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Daikundi province to have its first ever stadium

The foundation of Daikundi’s first ever stadium is laid, local officials reported. “The stadium will be built on a 12yd land at a cost of USD 200,000. The project is funded by the Ministry of Counter-Narcotics,” said Daikundi’s Governor Qurban

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Saffron prices have fallen in Afghanistan

Saffron farmers union in Herat said if the government does not support saffron farmers, they will turn back to growing opium on their lands. This concern arises when a number of saffron farmers complained about the falling prices of saffron

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