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Durrani promises more facilities to farmers in new year

Durrani promises more facilities to farmers in new year

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Mar 22, 2018 - 17:20

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Agricultureinfo-icon, Irrigation and Livestock Minister Eng. Nasir Ahmad Durrani on Thursday promised farmers would be offered more opportunities this new year to improve their situation.

The minister was speaking at a gathering of farmers coming from Kabul, Parwan, Logar, Ghazni, Panjsher and Bamyam provinces to celebrate the National Farmer’s Day here.

Durrani told the ceremony named “My Homeland, May Farmer” in Kabul that his ministry was working to provide technical services to farmers to increase their production.

To support farmers, he said, the Ministry of Agriculture had prioritized increasing the agriculture production level, market access, building infrastructure for preservation of fruits and vegetables, restoring canals, paying attention to livestock in the 1397 new solar yearinfo-icon.

“In order to have to good corps,  the ministry is trying to reduce the problem of water scarcity in 30 provinces by restoring 257 irrigation networks,” he added.

According to Durrani, about 12 cold stores would be built in 10 provinces with each having the capacity to score 500 tons of fruits and vegetables.

The minister said more than 120,000 dairy cattle would be matured through artificial insemination for the development of livestock in the country this new year.

Durrani said his ministry also planned to establish milk processing factories for farmers in Kabul, Logar, Parwan and Maidan Wardak provinces.

Others plants were to construct a grape processing factory in Parwan, pine nuts in Paktika, five silos and five strategic sites in five provinces, research farms, 11 quarantine centers and crop production laboratory complex in Parwan.

Hamid Helmandi, a senior advisor to the president on agriculture, said 20 percent of farms would be covered in cites with water hand pumps and about two million farmers would be provided jobs.

“We are still using outdated agricultural machinery, if we renew our machines, we will be able to make great changes in our products,” he added.

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