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World Bank pledges USD 120mn for horticulture projects in Afghanistan

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World Bank pledges USD 120mn for horticulture projects in Afghanistan

world bankAccording to the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock officials, the World Bank will fund horticulture development projects at a cost of USD 120mn.

The fund will be spent over the next six years in Kabul, Kapisa, Panjshir, Nangarhar, Laghman, Logar, Paktya, Herat, Farah and a number of Northern provinces.

About 50,000 acres of land are expected to be converted to gardens under the project.

The Bank has pledged to continue its aid towards this project, if spending of the current allocation remains on track.

“If we are able to spend the money in three to four years, the Bank will pay more money. Our pledge is to spend the money transparently and in coordination with the relevant agencies,” Tolo News quotes Naqibullah Salik, Horticulture Coordinator at the Ministry of Agriculture.

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  1. Mehdi Barghchi PhD
    Mehdi Barghchi PhD 26 February, 2013, 16:16

    Developing Horticulture in Afghanistan

    Having a suitable improved genetic material is as essential starting point in establishment of a successful agriculture and horticulture. Afghanistan has a rich source of native plant genetic material. In one hand these plants and varieties are adapted to perform well under the local conditions, in the other hand the current initiatives to improve horticulture and horticultural economy often leads to introducing new commercial varieties to the country. Care needs to be taken in ensuring that the endogenous genetic material (local varieties and species) are not neglected at the cost of introduced new varieties. Introduced new varieties often have their own high demand needs which may be problematic in the introduced region.

    Establishment of a long-term plan to build infrastructure of agriculture, extension work, nursery production and genetic improvement/breeding, marketing etc … are some of the issues to consider for developing horticulture in Afghanistan. Plant improvement and mass production of improved plant material is an essential starting point for a successful horticultural production. Advanced mass production of plants through Micro-propagation and Plant Tissue Culture is a relatively simple technology to produce improved and healthy plant material in very large number in a short time which is not possible through conventional propagation methods. This technology can play an essential role in development of horticulture in Afghanistan.

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