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India offers Afghanistan soil research service

India offers Afghanistan soil research service

Nov 29, 2014 - 15:16

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): In collaboration with agricultural universities, India has agreed to provide Afghanistaninfo-icon soil research and training services, a media report said on Saturday.

The Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), which recently launched a soil-testing device to check fertility, would offer advanced training and research to Afghanistan and Nepal, Asia News International (ANI) reported.

India’s premier national institute for agricultural research, educationinfo-icon and extension, IARI’s cost-effective testing device is designed to provide fertiliser recommendation for crops.

About 75 percent of the Afghan population is dependent on agricultureinfo-icon --accounting for 25 percent of the gross domestic product -- for earning their livelihoods. The IARI will set up an agricultural institute in Kandahar.

Dr BS Bedi, Division of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry head, said: "Afghanistan has arid climate; they have more plantations, food crops and dry fruits.”

Due to past disturbances, the agriculture sector had been badly affected, he said, adding there was huge scope for agricultural growth in Afghanistan.

IARI also enrolls Afghan students in various disciplines, including pathology, seed science and technology, agronomy, horticulture and biotechnology.

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