Dalwa 6: January 25, 2021
Anwarul Haq Ahady, minister of agriculture, irrigation and livestock, in continuation of his provincial trips, on a trip to exploit a number of irrigation and agricultural projects, a honey quality consolidation laboratory, inaugurating of a large agricultural exhibition and meeting with agricultural activists and representatives of farmers and development councils headed to Nangarhar province.
During Mr. Ahady’s two-day triple to Nangarhar, He met with Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhail, senior advisor to the president and governor of Nangarhar, Moisafidan, officials of people’s development councils, and representatives of farmers and gardeners. The minister of agriculture also utilized 192 greenhouses and forts, 20 irrigation canals and a honey quality stabilization laboratory, and inaugurated a large agricultural exhibition and fruit tree planting campaign in Nangarhar.
20 irrigation canals worth 112 million AFN have also been utilized by Mr. Ahady.
The mentioned irrigation projects in 17 districts and capital of Nangarhar province have been implemented by community livestock and agriculture project (CLAP), community based agriculture and rural development or CBARD, as well as support to national priority program 2 (SNAPP2) at a cost of 112 million AFN. 12,500 acres of land is irrigated by these irrigation projects and 20 percent of water waste is prevented by them.
Mr. Ahady said at the inauguration ceremony of these projects that irrigation was one of the key sectors of the Ministry of Agriculture (MAIL) and many irrigation projects are implemented annually in different provinces, including Nangarhar province. He said, "Our main priority is to cultivate more land to increase production and self-sufficiency in various sectors.”
Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhail, senior adviser to the president and governor of Nangarhar, also said at the inauguration of irrigation projects that with the construction of new irrigation networks and canals, more areas would be covered and yields would be increased.
Anwarul Haq Ahady utilized 192 greenhouses in Behsood district of Nangarhar. Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhail, was also present at inauguration ceremony.
The Minister of Agriculture said, "These greenhouses in the center and different districts of Nangarhar province by (CLAP), (CBARD) and also (SNaPP2) "at a higher cost of more than 100 million Afghanis."
Mr. Ahadi Ahady added, "85% of the expense of the construction of these greenhouses have been spent by MAIL and only 15% by beneficiaries.”
In the fiscal year 1399, MAIL has spent more than 758 million AFN in various fields of agriculture, livestock, horticulture and irrigation in Nangarhar province.
The minister of agriculture also launched a campaign to plant fruit seedlings in Nangarhar.
In the fiscal year 1400, MAIL will establish 2,000 acres of orchards, including Strauss and persimmon, peach and other fruit orchards in various districts of Nangarhar province. The total value of the construction of these gardens is 77 million Afghanis.
Minister of Agriculture Anwarul Haq Ahadi also met a number of investors, traders, farmers and industrialists, farmers and officials of development councils.
A similar large agricultural exhibition was opened by Mr. Ahadi in Nangarhar. In this exhibition, 174 booths of agricultural products have been showcased.
The inauguration of the Honey Quality Stabilization Laboratory and the chicken grain quality stabilization laboratory were other activities of the minister of agriculture during this trip. honey quality stabilization Laboratory worth 2.7 million AFN for season honey processing and packaging company and chicken grain quality stabilization laboratory for Habib Hassam Company worth 100,000 US $, both were made with the assistance of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Nangarhar is one of the tropical provinces of the country and has a special place in agriculture of the country due to the production of fruit from evergreen or sturgeon trees.