by Wadsam | April 2, 2012 9:24 am
Program to strengthen agriculture in Bamyan began with the distribution of 40 tractors to the farmers in the province.
Mohammad Tahir Atayee, Director of Agriculture and Livestock in Bamyan, said that the tractors were distributed among agriculture cooperatives to help expedite the farming process for the farmers and increase their agriculture production.
He added that the tractors valued USD 2 million and the aid came from the provincial reconstruction team of New Zealand in Bamyan and from the UK. Some of the tractors were given to about 4,000 farmers in the districts of Waras, Punjaab, Yakah wa Lang, and central Bamyan.
According to Mr. Atayee, the total budget, starting from December, 2011 adds up to USD 9 million. This budget has been used for the establishment of veterinary hospitals, cold storages for fruits and vegetables, and for pasture.
The aim of this aid is to increase the efficiency of animal, agricultural and horticultural production in the province, which includes providing improved seeds, breeding livestock generation, marketing of agricultural products and supporting women who do farm works in the province.
In order to mechanize farming in the province, about 80 farmers were trained in using tractors, plowing, and sowing two weeks ago.
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