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Afghanistan’s Corn Production Boosted Up

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Afghanistan’s Corn Production Boosted Up

Afghanistan saw a bumper corn production for the second time in 35 years, with this year’s corn harvest growing 40% more than that of 2011.

Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock is eyeing on becoming a good exporter of corn in 10 years.

This year the country also produced 5 million tons of wheat, 500,000 tons of rice, and 300,000 tons of maize.

Recently, 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 Agency (JICA) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) would assist in the distribution process of the agriculture input.

Mr. Takahashi said that the agriculture sector remains one of the main priorities in Japanese development programs for Afghanistan. The ambassador gave his commitment to assisting Afghanistan and specifically this project, as part of Japan’s cooperation with the Afghan nation.

Deputy Minister Ghoryani said that wheat production is estimated to increase by 42% from last year and wheat import would decline by 75% this year.


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