The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.
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Afghanistan embrace self-sufficiency as efforts underway to modernize agriculture

Afghanistan is going to be announced as a free-narcotic country as the Islamic Emirate counter-drug officials, recently destroyed poppy on thousands of acres of land countrywide. As the plan to eradicate poppy all over the country, requires providing farmers with an alternative livelihood, the Islamic Emirate’s Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock has vowed to modernize agriculture in the country, in case the related world entities provide all needed materials for the Afghan farmers. In a meeting with the Deputy Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Elizabeth Bechdol, here in Kabul, the Acting Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Mawlavi Ataullah Omari spoke about the development of agriculture, irrigation and livestock sectors and the needs of Afghan farmers and ranchers and added that several decades of conflicts in Afghanistan have caused the farmers to lag behind the caravan of the world’s agricultural development; therefore, Afghan farmers should be familiarized with new agricultural tools and technologies. “Provision of farmers with the necessary training, researching on water detection, soil, vegetation and climate in each region, providing agricultural equipment and technology, combating animal and plant diseases and pests, marketing products, processing, packaging, preparing animal feed, managing natural resources, land reform and water management are essential points for the developing of the agriculture sector and the world should help us in this respect.” Familiarizing and equipping the farmers with modern agriculture tools and machineries is one of the key responsibilities of UN-FAO to do for Afghanistan as the country managed to uproot poppy during its short-term of power takeover. This is also a matter of pleasant that the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has always been one of the partners of Afghanistan’s agriculture sector, which helps the country’s farmers and ranchers in various sectors. On the other hand, the farmers should avoid the cultivation of poppy in their lands as the heinous plant has destroyed (and would destroy) the lives of thousands of Afghans and would affect more and more if not prevented, as over the last more than twenty years of the republic system, nothing tangible had been done in this respect, despite the flow of billions of dollars in aid for the development of the country and mostly preventing drug or to contribute the farmers’ self-sufficiency.

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.