Barikab district was selected as a first-ever agricultural economic zone project in the country in a move that would boost Afghanistan’s exports by 40 percent, officials said on Wednesday.
The project would be implemented in the Barikab area of Parwan province as a part of the Dehsabz - Barikab City Development Authority (DCDA), Executive Director of New Kabul City Eng. Ghulam Sakhi Hasanzada told Pajhwok Afghan News.
It includes planting fruit plants, vegetables, floriculture, an animal husbandry and honeybee-keeping on more than 18 acres of land. More than $500 million private sector investment would take place, providing jobs to more than 20,000 people, he added.
As a result of the project, quality goods would be produced and market for them found in South Asian, Middle Eastern and Central Asia and agricultural needs of the people of central Afghanistan met, he explained.
Hasanzada hailed the project as a good step toward improving the agricultural sector, aimed at the economic stability of the country.
The agricultural zone would go a long way in poverty reduction, providing work opportunities to the people and improving the economy, Kabul Governor Abdul Jabbar Taqwa, said.
It would bring a big change to the agricultural sector besides meeting agricultural needs of the country, Parwan Governor Abdul Baseer Salangi said.