The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Agriculture crucial for national economy of Afghanistan

Agriculture is the backbone of Afghan livelihoods and crucial for Afghanistan’s economy.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), around 70 percent of Afghans live in rural areas and agriculture accounts for at least 25 percent of GDP while an estimated 80 percent of all livelihoods depend directly or indirectly on agriculture.
Therefore, agriculture is crucial for the national economy of Afghanistan.
To help and provide technical and financial support to the country’s farmers, the Agriculture Development Fund (ADF) has increased its support to farmers as the fund has provided the country’s farmers with 11 billion AFG worth of technical assistance.
Head of Agriculture Development Fund (ADF) Eng. Ahmad Ghafoor Ghafoory in an interview with The Kabul Times correspondent said the country’s Agriculture Development Fund has played key role in boosting the agriculture sector in the country as 11 billion AFG has been provided to the country’s farmers so far to technically support them so that they could produce more agricultural products.
“Agriculture Development Bank has provided farmers with 11 billion AFG worth technical support so far,” Ghafoorzai said, adding that more than 60,000 farmers have benefited from the fund’s technical and financial support so far
According to the head of the ADF, the country’s fund has strong administrative structure operating in the country’s 34 provinces. Ghafoorzay said that the fund with its experienced workers had special committees to give consultations to farmers so that they could work to increase their agricultural products.
Ghafoorzai further said that ADF was working to develop the agricultural sector by providing short, mid and long-term financial funds to farmers in the country.
“The Agricultural Development Fund is making effort for the growth and development of the country’s agricultural sector by providing technical and financial support to farmers, agricultural enterprises and traders directly or through loans, microcredit institutions and non-banking financial institutions,” Gafoorzai said.
The Agriculture Development Fund (ADF) is considered as one of the main organizations that provides loans, technical and financial support to farmers.
The organization is said to have given more than billions of AFG in loans as well as technical and financial support to more than 60,000 farmers in 34 provinces of the country so far.
It is worth mentioning that the agricultural sector in Afghanistan supports the livelihoods of nearly three-quarters of the total population and contributes nearly 28% to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Thus, agricultural growth is vital for driving the country’s economy and for ensuring national food security.
Wheat is the most important crop in Afghanistan, followed by rice, barley, and cotton. Most cereal crops are utilized for self-consumption.
Wheat is prominent in all of the major farming systems prevailing in the country and cultivated in every province.
Samiullah Momand

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.