Govt urged to introduce Dr. Abdul Wakeel Award
Dr. Abdul Wakeel, who was born in the Nirkh district of central Maidan Wardak province in 1923, passed away in 2000. He earned a doctorate in the field of horticulture.
Later, he served as agriculture minister, Helmand governor and senator. He imported rare varieties of apple, almond, grape, peach, cherry and pears from the US, Japan, Beirut and Central Asian countries.
Maidan Youth Association head Gul Mohammad Pashtun,addressingan event on his death anniversary, hailed Dr. Abdul Wakeel as man of great merit and patriotism.
The ex-minister had resolved economic problems of the people by introducing different fruit varieties, but the government had done nothing to acknowledge his contribution, Pashtun lamented.
He asked the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) to introduce a medal in the name of Dr. Abdul Wakeel, which should be awarded to outstanding individuals in the sphere of agriculture.
“We also ask the government to name an important institution, such as a university or a road,after the former minister, collect and print his articles,” Pashtun demanded.
The agriculture institute in Maidan Wardak, agriculture school in Nirkh district and the media conference hall at the ministry have already been named after Abdul Wakeel.
Agriculture MinisterAsadullah Zameer praised the services of Dr. Wakeel and called him a patriotic Afghan who always struggled for a positive change in the lives of farmers.
“During my eight months in office, whenever I met agriculturists, they reminded me of Dr. Wakeel’s innovate approach and variegated experience,” the minister said, asking agricultural experts to benefit from his views.
A message from President Ashraf Ghani was read out on the occasion. The president called Abdul Wakeel a true servant of the people.
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