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Afghanistan needs green revolution: Massoud

Afghanistan needs green revolution: Massoud

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Nov 20, 2014 - 20:08

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President’s special representative on reforms and good governance Ahmad Zia Massoud said on Thursday Afghanistaninfo-icon would become self-reliant in agricultureinfo-icon over the next five to 10 years.

Presiding over a meeting at the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), Massoud said Afghanistan needed a green revolution to feed its growing population by adopting models used in other countries for their agricultural growth.

He asked MAIL to develop a comprehensive five to 10-year plan for the agriculture sector’s development.

He also proposed the foundation of an agricultural bank in Afghanistan to help farmers and facilitate the green revolution.

 “We won’t be able to develop other sectors until we lag behind in agriculture”.

Acting Agriculture Minister Mohammad Asif Rahimi said his ministry’s experts would work on the proposed long-term plan.

He sought coordination from energy and water, rural rehabilitation, counternarcotics, commerce ministries and other government agencies.

He said 1.2 million hectares of land was under irrigation in Afghanistan, employing more than 3.1million people.

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