Agricultural education being advanced in Kandahar: USAID
KANDAHAR (Pajhwok): A new agriculture demonstration farm and research facility will be set up at the Afghanistan National Agriculture Science and Technology University (ANASTU) in southern Kandahar with support from the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
In a statement, the USAID said the demonstration farm will be used as a training facility for university students and private sector farmers to learn improved cultivation practices for wheat, orchards, vegetables, and post-harvest management.
The statement said the goal was to make ANASTU a hub for technology dissemination and best practices in agriculture, promoting quality agricultural education that aims to grow and stimulate the private sector.
“Universities have always been at the center stage of societal transformations. Agriculture accounts for a quarter of Afghanistan's Gross Domestic Product, with over 50% of the population tied to the sector,” said USAID’s Acting Mission Director Tamra Halmrast-Sanchez.
“Linkages between research, education, extension, and the private sector are the central to a dynamic and strong agricultural sector, and the future of a thriving national economy,” she added.
Over the next two years, over 15,000 farmers and private sector partners will be trained at the center. Additionally, to further advance the university’s reach, USAID will support expanding ongoing agricultural radio programming so that it becomes university-centered.
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