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64 Tractors donated to farmers in Bamiyan Province

By Mohammad Naeem: Officials from Bamiyan Agriculture Department have reported that New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) has donated 64 Tractors to farmers in Bamiyan. These Tractors, costing $900,000, have been provided to several agricultural cooperatives in various provincial districts

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Kunduz sees a surge in melon production

Farmers in Kunduz have witnessed an incredible increase in their melon production this year. Khair Mohammad, a grower from Chahar Dara district, said his one acre of land produced 20-30 melons due to pest attacks in 2012, but the same

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Production of wheat expected to increase by 20% in Kunduz province

Farmers in Kunduz are expecting their wheat yield to enhance by 20% owed to the province’s suitable weather conditions and usage of improved seeds. Director of the Agriculture and Livestock Department Abdul Basir Faqiri said wheat was grown in 160,000

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Nearly 20,000 animals hit by drought in Nimroz province

The prolonged dry weather has hit the livestock of thousands of households in the Kang district of southwestern Nimroz province where the dwellers rely mostly on agriculture and livestock for living. Every livestock had lost 80-90% animals, including sheep and

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Two-fold increase in Afghanistan fruits export

Exports of Afghan fresh fruits have doubled from last year, said officials of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock. Afghan fruits have established a niche in the foreign markets and the demand for these fruits are on the rise. “The

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Increases in security lead to development programs in Baraki Barak District

LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Baraki Barak District Governor, Eng. Mohammad Rahim Amin, and the Director of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock (DAIL), Mohammad Shah, provided an agriculture vocational seminar for the local farmers of Baraki Barak district, Logar province, March 7.

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Pakita farmers receive 28 tractors

Twenty eight tractors, worth USD 840,000, were granted to farmers in Paktia with financial collaboration from Disbandment of Illegal Armed Groups (DIAG) and the Ministry of Counternarcotic. According to the Pajhwok Afghan News, the Disbandment of Illegal Armed Group (DIAG)

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ANA lead veterinary training, treat livestock in Ghorak District

GHORAK DISTRICT, Afghanistan – Afghan National Army Special Forces (ANASF) hosted a veterinary outreach event in Ghorak district, Kandahar province, Jan. 31 – Feb. 1. ANASF, district Afghan Local Police and Afghan Uniformed Police members trained approximately 20 villagers and

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Inauguration of a cold storage room in Baghlan Province

Officials of the High Peace Council in Baghlan announced the establishment of a cold storage room with a capacity of 100 tons of agricultural products. Chief of the provincial Council Samadi Stanekzai said the cold storage room is built in

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Wisconsin National Guard agriculture team heading to Afghanistan to teach farming techniques

Madison, Wisconsin- About a dozen members of a Wisconsin National Guard agriculture team are preparing to deploy to Afghanistan. The Guard’s 97th Agribusiness Development Team will be sent off in style Thursday morning. Gov. Scott Walker and other Wisconsin National Guard

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Ghazni farmers happy about their saffron yield

A number of farmers have expressed their contentment about their production of saffron this year. Ghazni farmers began growing saffron on their lands only a few years back and have had a remarkable yield of this crop. According to one

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Helmand farmers in search of foreign markets for their products

Cotton, saffron, raisin and almond are the common agricultural products in southern Helmand. Director of agriculture in Helmand, Eng. Abdullah Ahmadzai, said his department is making efforts to look for foreign markets for the agricultural products of Helmand. Mr. Ahmadzai

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Japan’s million dollar aid to Afghanistan’s agriculture sector

Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal signed the USD 18.5mn contract with Hiroshi Takashi, Japan’s ambassador to Afghanistan, and the Head of the Asian Development Bank, Joji Tokeshi, on Wednesday. The aid money is allocated for construction of cold storage rooms,

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Increase in Kunduz rice yield

Owing to the favorable climatic conditions in various districts of Kunduz along with sufficient water and trained growers, rice production increase by 54,000 tons this year. Last year, farmers harvested 322,000 tons of rice from 73,000 hectares of land, while

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Problems of Baghlan farmers not addressed

Baghlan fruits have lost their values in the market, as distance from the market and damaged roads have affected the quality of the fruits. The farmers say that their apple yield has been higher than previous years, but due to

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Standardizing agriculture system in Balkh province of Afghanistan

About 200 farmers in the North of Afghanistan are provided with small-sized tractors and are trained in operating the vehicles. The farmers are happy about using tractors on their fields and are finding them more efficient and economical compared to

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Saffron prices have fallen in Afghanistan

Saffron farmers union in Herat said if the government does not support saffron farmers, they will turn back to growing opium on their lands. This concern arises when a number of saffron farmers complained about the falling prices of saffron

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Drug cartels discourage saffron cultivation

Saffron is yet to emerge as a major alternative to poppy cultivation in Afghanistan due to the presence of international drug lords, who control the lucrative drug commerce, agriculture officials said on Tuesday. In 2007, Afghanistan produced 95 percent of

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Alternative to Poppy Cultivation—Afghan Farmers’ Viewpoint

Agricultural specialists, farmers, representatives from development councils and the Department of Agriculture conducted a meeting yesterday to investigate the challenges and options for alternative crops to poppy growth. Farmers complained about the poor quality of seeds and fertilizers, lack of

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