Working Together for the Future of Afghan Agribusinesses
Thirty Afghan businesses displayed their products on an exhibition held in Mazar-i-Sharif .
For Immediate Release
Sunday, August 18, 2013
MAZAR-I-SHARIF, AFGHANISTAN- Thirty Afghan businesses displayed their products to representatives from the Balkh Governor’s office, Provincial Council, Provincial Departments of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock and Women’s Affairs and international donors in Mazar-i-Sharif today. The exhibition was a part of the USAID-sponsored Agro-Processing Conference which also included a series of discussions among public and private stakeholders on the challenges and opportunities of processing agricultural products, and the way forward for expanding agro-processing enterprises in Afghanistan.
Mr. Ghafor, Director of Rana Seeds, who attended the event, stated “The biggest challenge facing farmers in Afghanistan is market access. Bringing us together to discuss our joint problems and how to fix them is helpful and worthwhile. Working together is the key.”
USAID organized the exhibition and conference in an effort to strengthen agricultural markets by facilitating connections between traders, buyers and producers in Balkh Province.
“Exhibitions such as today’s help in connecting farmers to the market and food producers” said Maurice Ogutu, USAID’s Agriculture Advisor for the Northern region.
USAID’s agriculture program works to improve food security, increase agricultural productivity and rural employment, and improve incomes and well-being.