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Increasing concerns over drought in Afghanistan

Over increasing drought in Afghanistan, the country’s Chamber of Agriculture and Livestock asked the donor countries and the United Nations (UN) to provide Afghanistan with wheat.
According to the Chamber of Agriculture and Livestock, wheat is one of the essential needs of the people of Afghanistan and due to decades of war in the country Afghanistan lagging behind in self-sufficiency and still needs the cooperation of the donor countries and aid agencies, therefore, collection of wheat from various sources for the purpose of providing the country’s strategic reserves is very important.
Deputy Chamber of Agriculture and Livestock Mirwais Hajizada said: “International community and the world countries should cooperate with Afghanistan in the current situation, the Islamic Emirate has also the responsibility to collect wheat in the country’s strategic reserves and provide people with wheat in possible drought.
One of the economic experts Qudbuddin Yaqoubi said: “Afghanistan needs 6.8 million metric tons of wheat annually, of which, fortunately, approximately 5 million metric tons are supplied from domestic sources and the rest from foreign sources.”
On the other hand, high-ranking officials of the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock say that the ministry is going to buy 100,000 metric tons of wheat for supplying the strategic reserves and has proposed the plan to the cabinet of the Islamic Emirate.
Spokesman of the ministry Musbahuddin Mustayeen said: “with the approval of the 1402 solar year budget, the amount of the wheat will be purchased to deal with emergency situations in the country.”
According to Mustayeen, the ministry has proposed the plan to the cabinet to allocate a budget for purchasing 100,000 tons of wheat for emergency situations and after the approval of the budget, the amount of wheat will be purchased.
Despite the country has been facing drought for many years and a number of the country’s farmers in some provinces who were working on their rain-fed lands, over prolonged drought left their farms and were displaced to other places of the country.
According to the figures, Afghanistan imports large amounts of its wheat from neighboring countries, particularly, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan and also a small amount of flour is imported from Iran and Pakistan.
When Russia invaded Ukraine in late February, wheat prices, which were already high because of pandemic-related supply chain shortages and severe weather, surged due to the anticipated cutoff to the global wheat supply. The two countries together export about 30% of the world’s wheat.
Shukria Kohistani

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.