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Agriculture services centers planned in 250 districts: MAIL

Agriculture services centers planned in 250 districts: MAIL

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Aug 21, 2017 - 19:16

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Agricultureinfo-icon, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) plans to establish centers for agriculture services in 250 districts of the country with European Union (EU)’s support over the next two years, an official said on Monday.

Initially launched from eastern Nangarhar province on Monday, when provincial agriculture officials from the eastern zone attended a training workshop in this regard in Jalalabad, Nangarhar’s capital, the centers are aimed at bringing about durable economical development in rural areas.

General Director for Extension at MAIL, Hameedullah Hamdard, said the ministry had the plan to establish 250 centers in various provinces that could provide farmers with services in spheres of agriculture and livestock extension and products.

Hamdard said a pilot scheme would be first implemented in 50 districts and then extended to 200 other districts with the new experiences gained.

He said the program was aimed at ensuring ever-lasting economical development in rural areas and establishing a prosperous, strong and stable societyinfo-icon through work.

Hamdard hoped the program would be implemented nationwide in order to ensure agricultural products and services were swiftly available.

Meanwhile, Nangarhar agriculture department head, Rafiullah Rahimzai, said agriculture experts and officials from Nangarhar, Laghman, Kunar and Nuristan province attended the training workshop.

He said an agriculture extension center was inaugurated in Nangharhar as part of the program and the centre would initially function in Behsud and Khewa districts before being extended to other districts.

Nuristan agriculture department’s extension in-charge, Mohammad Juma Mohammadi, said Nuristan had huge forests and cultivable lands, but farmers continued to use outdated methods and tools.

He hoped the centers’ launch in Nuristan would enable farmers to fully benefit from their orchards and farmland in shape of increased harvests.

Many farmers suffer financial losses due to old methods they apply in cultivating and harvesting crops.

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