Tue, Oct

USAID Pledges $100m For Afghan Agriculture


The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has pledged $100 million USD for agricultural development in Afghanistan.

Officials at the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) said the aid package by USAID will be invested in different fields of agricultural development in the country.
“We will try to pay attention to farmers and build the ministry’s capacity,” the Agriculture Minister Assadullah Zamir said as he addressed a ceremony in Kabul on Monday.
“USAID will sign an agreement with an American university in a bid to conduct training programs. The university has world-class experience of capacity building and agricultural training,” Zamir added.
The aid package will be used to support the agricultural products market, enhance self-reliance plans for Afghanistan’s grains, and build the capacity of MAIL officials as well as other projects on standard cultivation in the country.
Meanwhile, USAID officials vowed to support the national strategy of Afghanistan for the upcoming years in the framework of agricultural development in the country.
“We know that agriculture is going to be the centerpiece for the unity government’s national development strategy,” said Herbie Smith, Mission Director at USAID.
According to MAIL officials, the fund will be spent through the national strategy under the new agricultural development framework.