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Massoud hails ACB, blasts Agriculture Ministry

Massoud hails ACB, blasts Agriculture Ministry

Dec 13, 2014 - 20:17

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The president's special representative on reforms and good governance Ahmad Zia Massoud on Saturday hailed the national cricket team’s achievements during a visit to the Cricket Board (ACB) in Kabul.

Massoud, who led a delegation, examined the Kabul International Cricket Stadium and was briefed on the board’s administrative affairs, ACB spokesman Farid Hotak told Pajhwok Afghan News.

He said ACB president Shahzada Massoud welcomed the president’s special envoy and called for more attention toward cricket promotion in the country.

ACB chief executive officer Dr. Noor Mohammad Murad gave a brief presentation to the visiting delegation about achievements of the national cricket team on international level.

Ahmad Zia Massoud in his short speech lauded performance of the national side and the ACB’s administration affairs.

He said other sportsinfo-icon institutions should learn from ACB how to run their affairs. He added achieving every goal needed proper planning what the ACB was doing.

Meanwhile, Massoud chaired a meeting at the Ministry of Agricultureinfo-icon, Irrigation and Livestock in Kabul and asked the ministry to present its developmental plan in two weeks.

The meeting was aimed at improving coordination among ministries and provincial departments.

At the meeting, Massoud warned the Agriculture Ministry over its unsatisfactory performance. He said there had been no proper coordination among ministries of agriculture, water and power and the institute of geology and cartography over the past 13 years.

He said the Ministry of Agriculture should present its strategic plan in two weeks time to inform people about agriculture activities.

He stressed the need for drastic reforms to ensure good governance in every sector, saying 70 percent of Afghanistaninfo-icon populations depended on agriculture.

He said large swaths of lands in Helmand and Nangarhar provinces could not be cultivated due to improper canalization systems.



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