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Tentative rural agricultural development program started in Nangarhar

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Tentative rural agricultural development program started in Nangarhar
 Officials from the Ministry of Counter Narcotics and local Nangarhar authorities have signed an agreement on the basis of which the probationary phase of the rural development program will begin in Nangarhar province.
The program is being implemented in five districts of Nangarhar province to reduce the cultivation and production of drugs in the province.
The agreement of the projects was signed between Salamat Azimi, Minister of Counter Narcotics and Gulab Mangal, Governor of Nangahar province the other day in Kabul.
While signing the agreement Azimi told media that based on this agreement, a probationary agriculture and farming development program will be launched to create alternative livelihoods and reduce poppy cultivation in the province.  Minister of Counter Narcotics Salamat Azimi said that “for the first time a probationary project at a total cost of $22.5 million with the  cooperation of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), International Narcotics and US Law Enforcement Affairs Administration will be executed in Achin, Chparhar, Rodat, Shirzad, Kot and khogiani districts of Nangarhar province.”
The Minister of Counter Narcotics stated that the main goals of the plan were to create and introduce local markets, valuable products, provide alternative livelihoods, introduce the damage caused by poppy cultivation and strengthen the agricultural financial system in the regions. If, the project was successful will also be expanded to other provinces.
Meanwhile, Gulab Mangal, Nangarhar governor during the signing ceremony of the agreement said that the program would prepare the ground to reduce the cultivation and production of narcotics in Nangarhar.
He reassured the people of Nangarhar’s local government commitment for a serious drug fight, saying that due to activities of terrorist groups in the province, they are making efforts to reduce production of narcotics by targeting terrorist financial resources.
Pointing to the agricultural and horticultural development program that will begin in Nangarhar province soon, Mangal stated that under this program, alternative and valuable products will be introduced to farmers and will prevent the cultivation and production of poppy.  Nangarhar province is suitable for cultivation of saffron, olive and orange, which can be considered as an alternative to poppy, and these agricultural products will be widely promoted in this province.
At the same time, Afghan farmers have shown optimism about this great decision of agriculture and horticulture department, saying that we support the program.
It is said that Nangarhar is one of the ever-green provinces in our country that will be cultivated in all seasons of the year, and better products will be obtained by our farmers from the province.
But unfortunately, in this province, a number of farmers in their areas have turned to opium cultivation, but officials from the Agriculture Department of the province say that this year the level of opium cultivation in this province has been decreased, and most farmers, along with the cultivation of wheat, they are cultivating and producing Saffron, Olive and Orange.  
Shukria Kohistani