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women-agriculture-01United Nations-supported local agricultural projects that encourage women to engage in collective farming are changing the lives of hundreds of women in the north-eastern Afghan province of Badakhshan, according to UN and government officials as well as beneficiaries.

Afghanistan’s national horticulture policy was presented and discussed at the MAIL’s Technical Assistants’ Team (TAT) meeting of 30th November, 2013. The policy is drafted under the supervision of the Afghanistan Institutional Development Support Project (AFIDS).

saffronA three-day conference on saffron cultivation and encouraging its trade, featuring experts from neighbouring countries, began in western Herat province on Monday.

Abdul Tawab, a farmer from Helmand province, said he has already found potential buyers for his products.Afghanistan’s agricultural potential was evident from the produce and products displayed at a recent agricultural exhibition in Kabul. With the theme “Larger Markets for Afghan Agricultural Products,” the fair was held at Badam Bagh.

farmer-sonAround 80 per cent of the Afghan population is engaged in agricultural and livestock businesses. National and international organizations are working together with the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock to tackle problems and improve the agricultural sector in the country.

The Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) is also helping farmers and businessman in order for them to create new companies.Nangarhar province has long been known as a fertile area.  The combination of a steady water supply and mild winters enable farmers to grow several crops a year.

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