MAIL, USAID launch new agricultural projects in Afghanistan

KABUL: U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Herbie Smith and Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) Naseer Ahmad Durrani launched two new value chain projects to improve Afghanistan’s agricultural sector here yesterday.
The main objectives of the programs are to drive job creation and increase rural incomes through support to key actors along the livestock and high value crops value chains, a statement from the USAID said, adding these programs will generate revenue and sustainable jobs; to increase the capacity of key value chain businesses; and to facilitate the ability of businesses to sell high quality products both domestically and internationally. 
“The U.S. government is committed to supporting Afghanistan by promoting market-driven, private sector-led economic growth,” Mission Director Herbie Smith said, as quoted in the statement.
The two programs announced yesterday, Afghanistan Value Chains – Livestock and Afghanistan Value Chains – High Value Crops, will focus on increasing the productivity and competitiveness of key businesses in the market centers of Kabul, Herat, Mazar-i-Sharif, Jalalabad, and Kandahar. Individually, the programs are anticipated to increase productivity in their target value chains by more than 30 percent over the next five years. Together, they will support Afghan enterprises in engaging in $140 million in additional sales, and catalyze an additional $65 million in agricultural investments, the statement added.
The Kabul Times

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