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    Official says can’t take on land-grabbers

    KUNDUZ CITY (PAN): More than 4,500 acres of state-owned land was grabbed over the past few years by influential individuals and warlords in northern Kunduz province, officials said on Tuesday.


    Work on a canal project launched in Takhar

    KUNDUZ CITY (PAN): Up to 1,250 acres of land would be irrigated with the construction of a canal in the northern province of Takhar, officials said on Monday.


    Need for better water management stressed

    KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan needs better water management to cushion drought effects, an official told a South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) gathering in Kabul on Thursday.

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    Kunduz rice production up by 54,000 tonnes

    KUNDUZ CITY (PAN): Rice production in northern Kunduz province has increased by 54,000 tonnes this year, with growers complain of low prices.


    Agricultural education centre opens in Kabul

    KABUL (PAN): Minister of Education Ghulam FarooqWardak on Tuesday opened the National Agricultural Education Centre (NAEC), a Dutch-funded project that trains Afghan teachers for the agricultural sector.


    Paktika farmers seek training, saffron seeds

    SHARAN (PAN): Farmers in southeastern Paktika province want the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock to provide saffron seeds and training programmes for them.


    Wheat seed being distributed to farmers

    KHOST CITY/GHAZNI CITY (PAN): The distribution of improved varieties of wheat seed began in southeastern Khost and southern Ghazni provinces was started on Saturday, officials said.


    Helmandis want of return to poppy cultivation

    LASHKARGAH (PAN): Some farmers of southern Helmand province on Tuesday warned of a return to poppy cultivation if a market was not found for their cotton yield.


    Samangan grapes yield sees huge boost

    AIBAK (PAN): Grapes production in the Feroz Nakhchar district of northern Samangan province has increased to 6,000 tonnes in 2012 from last year’s figure of 5,000 tonnes, officials said on Sunday.