Agriculture farm for women launched in Kandahar
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): The foundation stone of an agricultural farm was laid on Thursday by the women’s affairs minister after arriving in the southern province of Kandahar.
Gender manger at the Regional Agricultural Development Program-South (RADP-S), Balqi Bari, said at the inauguration ceremony that the farm was being established on a 12.5 acres of land in Aino Mena area of Kandahar City.
She said the land had been provided for the First Afghanistan Construction Company (AFCO) and expenses on the farm’s establishment would be provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Pomegranate trees would be planted on the farm by women who would themselves harvest the fruits, she said.
A green house having the capacity of producing 154,000 different types of seedlings would be also established to provide enough seedlings for the farm and market.
Four greenhouses would be specified for vegetables from where women would supply their produce to the local market and eight working rooms and clod storages would be also constructed on the farm, Bari said.
The farm would be irrigated for six months from the Zahir Shahi canal and for the remaining six months, tube well water would be supplied to the farm where 15.5 kilowatts of solar power system was needed to be installed, she said.
Women’s Affairs Minister Dilbar Nazari said the project was very effective for women and promised the women her ministry would prepare plans to reducte violence against the gender, improve their capacity and provide them jobs.
Wolesi Jirga member from Kandahar, Fariba Kakar, said the farm’s establishment was a good step towards improving the economic situation of women and suggested a handicraft section on the farm.
Kandahar women affairs’ director, Ruqia Achakzai, thanked the USAID for financially supporting the farm project, saying the farm would be constructed at a cost of 13 million afs over the next few months.
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