English | دری

USAID funds new facilities to advance agricultural education in Kanadahar

in Afghan Business

USAID funds new facilities to advance agricultural education in Kanadahar

A new agriculture demonstration farm and research facility will be set up at the Afghanistan National Agriculture Science and Technology University (ANASTU) in Kandahar with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

The demonstration farm will be used as a training facility for university students and private sector farmers to learn improved cultivation practices for wheat, orchards, vegetables, and post-harvest management. The goal is to make ANASTU a hub for technology dissemination and best practices in agriculture, promoting quality agricultural education that aims to grow and stimulate the private sector.

“Universities have always been at the center stage of societal transformations. Agriculture accounts for a quarter of Afghanistan’s Gross Domestic Product, with over 50% of the population tied to the sector,” said USAID’s Acting Mission Director Tamra Halmrast-Sanchez. “Linkages between research, education, extension, and the private sector are the central to a dynamic and strong agricultural sector, and the future of a thriving national economy,” she added.

Over the next two years, over 15,000 farmers and private sector partners will be trained at the center. Additionally, to further advance the university’s reach, USAID will support expanding ongoing agricultural radio programming so that it becomes university-centered.

USAID has supported the Regional Agricultural Development Program-South (RADP-S) in southern Afghanistan since 2013. The $125 million RADP-S promotes inclusive and sustainable economic growth for rural Afghans in Kandahar, Helmond, Zabul, and Uruzgan provinces.

With almost $17 billion spent on development programs in Afghanistan since 2002, USAID provides the largest bilateral civilian assistance program to Afghanistan. USAID partners with the government and people of Afghanistan to ensure economic growth led by the country’s private sector, establish a democratic and capable state governed by the rule of law, and provide basic health and education services for all Afghans


Tags assigned to this article:
Afghanistan agricultureKandaharUSAID

Related Articles

Firewood prices rising as winter draws closer in Kabul City

As winter is approaching, prices of firewood have risen in the capital city. The price of 560kg unpeeled oak rose

World Bank funds IT training in Kabul

Over 1,000 students, introduced by private and government sectors, will receive training in information technology skills (IT)  by the Afghan

Karkar coal mine tunnel to be rebuilt in a month

Reconstruction of the Karkar tunnel in northern Baghlan province is expected to be completed in a month’s time. Currently, 150

No comments

Write a comment
No Comments Yet! You can be first to comment this post!

Write a Comment

Your e-mail address will not be published.
Required fields are marked*