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Afghan Agriculture Minister Requests for Expanding Market for Agricultural Products

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Afghan Agriculture Minister Requests for Expanding Market for Agricultural Products

 The fourth meeting between officials of the Ministry of Commerce and Agriculture for raising the level of marketing of agricultural products was held in Kabul.

The officials from both ministries requested national businessmen to make more efforts in investing in the agricultural sector of the economy to help increase the quality of our agricultural products.

Agriculture serves a major portion of our GDP and the main agricultural products are legumes, fruits, cereals and daily products.

Some practitioners say that absence of proper water systems, modern mechanisms and cold storage rooms are considered main economic issues in the agriculture sector.

Hashmatullah Enayat, head of agriculture in Kabul, says that the objective of the meeting between Ministry of Commerce and Agriculture is to promote marketing of agricultural products both regionally and worldwide.

According to Mr. Enayat, Ministry of Agriculture set up 3 cold storage rooms in Kabul that have a capacity of holding 60 tons of products. Two storage rooms are established in the District of Farzah and one in the District of Mosahi.  Additionally, 15 other cold storage rooms are going to be launched in 16 other districts.

Small agricultural loans will soon be made available through the Minister of Agriculture. The distribution of these loans would initiate in the near future in the District of Kalakan. “These loans would help farmers to organize their products in a standardized manner,”said Mr. Enayat.

Mr. Enayat said that with the adequate level of rainfall this year lack of water for irrigational would not be an issue for our farmers and hopefully farmers would be satisfied about their products.

Afghanistan’s main source of income is generated from its agricultural products. Provinces such as Takhar, Badakhshan, Kandahar and Herat are engaged in an active export of agricultural products to neighboring regions.

Pomegranates from Kandahar, apples from Wardak, Potatoes from Bamyan, saffron and dried fruits from Herat, and some other products from other provinces are exported to other countries and regions.

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