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Germany funds a 1.5bn AFN program to boost wheat production in Northern Afghanistan

The Afghan and the German governments launched a new project that aims to create income and employment in Afghanistan’s rural areas: The Economic Infrastructure Development in Afghanistan (EIDA) program. Via EIDA, Germany will provide funding of nearly AFN 1.5 billion

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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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Improved wheat seeds distributed to farmers in Helmand province

Afghan government has begun distribution of improved wheat seeds to farmers in southern Helmand province. According to Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN), the seeds had been processed in the Research Farm in Lashkargah, the provincial capital. The objective behind the seed

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Afghanistan agrees to purchase 600,000 tons of wheat from Kazakhstan

One of the many contracts signed with Kazakh government during President Ashraf Ghani’s visit to Astana was the purchase of 600,000 tons of wheat from Kazakhstan. “Our goal is to make Afghanistan a self-reliant country in the agriculture sector, particularly

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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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Government subsidizes wheat seeds in Faryab

As many as 6,000 farmers in northwestern Faryab province are receiving refined wheat from the provincial agriculture department. In an attempt to develop wheat production, the agriculture department is distributing a 50-kg bag of seeds at a subsidized rate of

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Afghan farmers report a higher wheat harvest

Farmers in Afghanistan have reported higher production of wheat than last year, with grain harvest being above-average for third consecutive year. Winter and spring precipitation provided enough irrigation water for winter crops, and the spring rains supported the growth of

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Helmand farmers switching to wheat cultivation

Farmers in Helmand, world’s largest opium-producing region, had cultivated wheat on about 100,000 hectares of land this year. In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN), Agriculture Director Rohullah Rawan said distribution of seeds to farmers and public awareness

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Herat farmers to receive improved seeds and fertilizers

Cooperative societies would distribute 152 tons of wheat seed and 456 tons of fertilizers to farmers in Herat this month. Growers of the provincial capital and 15 districts would receive the aid to help boost wheat production. According to Pajhwok

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Wheat yield at its record high in Baghlan this year

Baghlan has witnessed a significant increase in its wheat yield both from its rainfed and irrigated lands this year. Agriculture and Livestock officials in Baghlan province have confirmed the boost in wheat yield and said that wheat production from rainfed

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Farmers in Uruzgan receive improved wheat seeds and fertilizer to halt poppy cultivation

Afghan Agriculture Ministry has initiated the process of distributing improved wheat seeds and chemical fertilizer to farmers in Uruzgan province, in an attempt to encourage them to grow legal crops instead of poppies. According to the Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN),

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Afghanistan’s first ever Strategic Grain Reserve inaugurated

Funded by Australian government, the first ever Strategic Grain Reserve (SGR) has been established in Kabul, Afghanistan. The complex was inaugurated by Afghan Agriculture Minister Mohammad Asif Rahimi and World Food Program (WFP) Country Director for Afghanistan, Claude Jibidar, on

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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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Wheat production in Badghis has more than doubled this year

Adequate rainfall, absence of plant disease and distribution of improved seeds have boosted wheat yield in northwestern Badghis province. With production standing at 96,000 metric tons compared to 38,000 tons last year, this year’s production has more than doubled. Farmers,

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Price of wheat jumps up in Jawzjan due to a decline in yield

Wheat price has soared in Jawzjan province due to a decline in wheat yield due to lack of rains and snowfall in the winter. According to the Pajhwok Afghan News, per seven kilograms of wheat cost 130 AFN in 2013,

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Kunduz wheat yield slumped for various reasons

Kunduz farmers are witnessing a drastic decline in their wheat production this year. A farmer said his farms would produce 8,400 kg of wheat in past years, but in 2013 the yield slumped to 2,800 kg. Various reasons are cited

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Production of wheat expected to increase by 20% in Kunduz province

Farmers in Kunduz are expecting their wheat yield to enhance by 20% owed to the province’s suitable weather conditions and usage of improved seeds. Director of the Agriculture and Livestock Department Abdul Basir Faqiri said wheat was grown in 160,000

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Nearly 20,000 animals hit by drought in Nimroz province

The prolonged dry weather has hit the livestock of thousands of households in the Kang district of southwestern Nimroz province where the dwellers rely mostly on agriculture and livestock for living. Every livestock had lost 80-90% animals, including sheep and

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Distribution of improved seeds begins in Baghlan

Officials of the Baghlan agriculture department have begun distribution of improved wheat seeds to hundreds of farmers. The 518 distribution packages include 10kg of improved seeds and 2 bags of fertilizers in each package for the farmers in the districts of

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Needy families in Paktika receive wheat

According to the Pajhwok Afghan News, the agriculture department of Paktika has received the lists of needy families from local councils and the process of distributing wheat to deserving families has launched. Each family will receive 100kg of wheat. Up

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Disease resistant seeds distributed to Afghan farmers

A new variety of modified seed that is resistance to diseases and has good yield has been distributed to famrers in southeastern Khost and southern Ghazni provinces. Agriculture Director Sultan Hussain Abbasyar said the seed is being sold to farmers

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Samangan’s wheat production 13 times higher than last year’s

This year Samangan’s wheat yield reached 168,000 tons, compared to last year’s 13,000 tons. Last year wheat yields were hit by fewer rains and drought conditions in the province throughout the year. According to the acting agriculture director Syed Rafiullah

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Japan’s USD 11 million in aid to Afghan Ministry of Agriculture

Japanese Ambassador Reiichiro Takahashi signed a contract on pledging USD 11 million in aid for improving wheat seeds quality with Deputy Agriculture and Livestock Minister Abdul Ghani Ghoryani . Wheat seeds would be distributed to 80,000 farmers. Japan’s International Cooperation

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Ghazni Wheat Yield hit by Water Scarcity

Farmers in Ghazni are in woe as their wheat yields have drastically reduced due to lack of seasonal rains. Hamidullah, a farmer from Deh Yak District, said he harvested 980kg of wheat from his land this year compared to 3,500kg

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Increase in Wheat Yields in Nangarhar and Laghman

Agricultural officials reported that wheat production in Nangarhar and Laghman provinces has gone up by 20% compared to last year’s increase. The yield increase was mainly due to adequate rainfall and the use of quality seed. The crop was sown

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