By: Shukria Kohistani
Afghanistan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) has expressed its concern over possible drought and shortage of wheat during the next solar year in the country. According to the ministry, lack of rainfalls and snowfalls has created serious concern and Afghanistan will probably face with lack of wheat.
Based on information of ministry of agriculture, irrigation and livestock, Afghanistan will need nearly 3 million tons of wheat during the 2021 and the ministry will find solution to cooperate with farmers and needy people as the rainfalls level has reduced by 30 percent comparing to last year.
Currently, Afghanistan lacks 1.5 million tons of wheat and if the rainfalls level continues in coming year, the country will further face with the shortage of wheat in coming years. Afghan officials say Afghanistan is planning to purchase 250,000 tons wheat from outside to address the challenge. It is said that nearly 70 percent of the people of Afghanistan are engaged in agriculture and livestock.
This comes as Afghanistan and Turkey has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the field of agriculture and livestock. Based on the agreement, Turkey will cooperate Afghanistan in agriculture sector, providing technical, scientific and economic cooperation. The MoU has been signed recently between minister of agriculture, irrigation and livestock Anwarul Haq Ahadi and Turkish minister for agriculture in Ankara, the capital of Turkey.
Afghanistan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock has said the agreement is encompassing plants care, livestock, mechanization of agriculture, irrigation, researches, agricultural promotion and trainings and rural development and food industry.
In signing ceremony of the agreement, Afghanistan minister of agriculture, irrigation and livestock Dr. Anwarul Haq Ahadi saidthe MoU signed between the two countries would be a good start for strengthening and boosting coordination and cooperation between Afghanistan and Turkey. “The agreement is outstanding and we have a program to implement the agreement in a better way as our colleagues are working within the ministry of agriculture, irrigation and livestock to implement it is a better way,” Ahadi said. Meanwhile, Turkey minister of agriculture has said that agriculture is a big sector and important for both countries and signing of the agreement is a good initiative for exchanging and sharing information with each other. The MoU has been prepared in 10 articles by a joint team of the two countries. Meanwhile, an Afghan economist Saifuddin Saihoon say although Afghanistan is an agricultural country, but it needs to import wheat from outside as it is a poor country particularly in a circumstances in which the country faces with lack of rainfalls. According to Afghan agricultural experts, Afghanistan should further invest on agriculture sector so that the country reaches self-sufficiency in producing wheat and other necessary agricultural products internally.