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Four new cement factories to start operation in Afghanistan

It is worth mentioning that Afghanistan has over 1,400 mineral fields, containing barite, chromite, coal, copper, gold, iron ore, lead, natural gas, petroleum, precious and semi-precious stones, salt, sulfur, lithium, talc, and zinc, among many other minerals Afghanistan Ministry of Mines and Petroleum has said that four new cement factories will soon start operation in the country. With the operation of the new cement factories, the production capacity of cement will reach to 5 million tons of cement in a year. Shaikh Shahabuddin Delawar, Acting Minister of Mines and Petroleum, in his visit to Kandahar, has met with members of the Kandahar provincial committee for the protection and monitoring of mines. In the meeting, acting minister of mines and petroleum spoke about the importance and goals of committees that have been formed to protect mines and monitor mining work in each province. The committees are also tasked to prevent from trafficking and illegally excavation of mines and address problems facing contractors involved in the excavation of mines in the country. Pointing to mines in the country, the minister of mines and petroleum added that there were major minerals and mines such as marble, zinc, gold, coal, oil, salt and others. “If excavation and extraction process of mines are managed in a better way in the country, Afghanistan will soon reach self-sufficiency,” Delawar said, adding that four new cement factories would start operation in four provinces including Kandahar. He added that with the operation of four cement factories in the country, Afghanistan would be able to produce more than 5 million tons of cement in a year, millions of AFG would be saved and thousands of Afghans would get jobs. It is worth mentioning that Afghanistan has over 1,400 mineral fields, containing barite, chromite, coal, copper, gold, iron ore, lead, natural gas, petroleum, precious and semi-precious stones, salt, sulfur, lithium, talc, and zinc, among many other minerals. Gemstones include highquality emeralds, lapis lazuli, red garnet and ruby. According to a joint study by the Pentagon and the United States Geological Survey, Afghanistan has an estimated US$1 trillion of untapped minerals. Nimatullah Ziarmal

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