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Sapling plantation campaign kicked off in Kabul

KABUL: With the participation of the Deputy Prime Minister for Political Affairs Mawlavi Abdul Kabir, a nationwide sapling plantation campaign, under the theme of ‘Planting saplings, eradicating drought’ has been kicked off in Badam Bagh area of Kabul city. The campaign which was launched by the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, attended by a number of the cabinet members of the Islamic Emirate, the ministry said in a statement the other day The deputy PM also announced a plan for a water supply system from the Panjshir River to Kabul to address the water shortage problem being faced by the nation’s capital and boost sapling plantations in the capital Kabul City, the statement said. Underlining the importance of tree plantation, calling it a crucial measure to combat the adverse effects of climate change and drought in Afghanistan. According to a recent report of the United Nations, Afghanistan has never experienced this kind of drought in the past 30 years and planting trees is the best way in this situation. Mawlavi Kabir said many countries were harmed by climate change, but Afghanistan was the worst-affected and small and vulnerable nations like Afghanistan were not important to the big and industrialized countries of the world, according to the statement. He acknowledged the shortage of potable water in Kabul and other areas, attributing it to the absence of a consistent supply and canalization system. Referring to the efforts of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), he announced a plan for a water supply system from Panjshir to Kabul to address the issue. He affirmed the commitment of the Islamic Emirate to banning deforestation nationwide and reviving the affected areas, recognizing the detrimental effects of drought and deforestation on the Afghan economy, leading to poverty. He said one check dam was being constructed in every district of the country to manage water resources and combat drought. Kabir also cited the progress made in the construction of the Qush Tepa Canal, a flagship project for the development of the agriculture sector. Kabir also highlighted a significant increase of nearly 50 percent in the export of fresh fruits from Afghanistan this year, which is expected to continue growing in the following year. Meanwhile, the Acting Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Mawlavi Attaullah Omari said Afghan growers were still using traditional methods, but the government was working on mechanizing agriculture. Omari added that hisled ministry had distributed 40,000 to 50,000 metric tons of improved wheat seeds and 82 million seedlings to the people. Ahmad Tamim

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.