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WB reiterates support for agricultural projects in Afghanistan

KABUL: In a meeting with the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock official, the World Bank Deputy for South Asia announced the design of a new project, which will be used in the horticulture and processing of agricultural products.
Dr. Anwar ul Haq Ahadi, Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, met with Deputy World Bank Assistant for South Asia, to discuss horticulture and livestock projects, as well as the processing of agricultural products.
The meeting was also attended by World Bank President for Afghanistan and a number of other Bank officials.
Dr. Ahadi, , while appreciating and thanking the World Bank for its assistance to the agricultural sector in Afghanistan, said that the priority of the Ministry of Agriculture was to strengthen and develop the horticulture and livestock sector, adding “we are working to develop agricultural products”.
He went on to say that the OMAID project was working on the processing of agricultural products and asked the World Bank for financial support to start the project.
He also spoke about the Agriculture and Food Security Emergency (EATS) project, calling it national and comprehensive, and urged the World Bank to support this project as well.
Dr. Ahadi, spoke about this year’s drought and its impact on agriculture and livestock, as well as the reduction in wheat production, and called for urgent assistance from the World Bank to fight increasing challenge.
The World Bank Deputy Director for South Asia, thanked the MoAIL’s leadership attention to the agricultural sector and said that in addition to supporting ongoing projects, the World Bank would provide additional and new assistance of around € 70 million for the agricultural sector, which according to them, the project is being designed. In order to improve the design of this project, he asked viewpoint of the leadership of the Ministry of Agriculture for improving of the design.
The World Bank’s Deputy Director for South Asia also said that the OMAID project is set to begin and that it could be very effective in processing agricultural products. World Bank officials called on the Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock to pay more attention to accelerating the implementation of the Emergency Agriculture and Food Safety Project (EATS).
The World Bank’s assistance comes as Afghanistan is seriously threatened by drought and recent droughts have hit the agriculture and livestock sector, so the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock should draw further attention of the World Bank and other relief agencies in the sector of agriculture.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Nimroz, Badghis and some northwestern and southern provinces are currently among the most vulnerable provinces due to drought, and a number of people in this province have left their homes due to lack of water.
Meanwhile, economic experts say that Afghanistan’s agriculture is one of the key sectors for the country’s economic growth, so the government should pay serious attention to improve this sector, because the majority of Afghans in villages, towns and other provinces are involved in agricultural sector.
If Afghanistan’s agriculture is shifting from traditional to mechanize form, the level of farmers living condition would improve and poverty level would be reduced.

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