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Afghan women sort pomegranates before they are processed into juice concentrate. Afghanistan’s new facility will create 200 jobs

With a sip of fresh juice squeezed from Afghanistan’s sweet pomegranates, the Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock inaugurated Kabul’s new state-of-the-art agribusiness facility on October 15, 2009.  The Omaid Bahar Fruit Processing Company established the modern facility with the support of USAID.  The facility will produce and export juice concentrate and fresh fruit to countries in North America, Asia, and Europe.

The director of the Cotton Seller’s Association cuts the ribbon at the Cotton Pressing and Recycling Factory’s inaugural event.

Economic growth is dependent on firms and factories that improve current business practices.  With assistance from the U.S. Government, the Nangarhar Cotton Sellers’ Association recently opened a cotton pressing and cotton rag recycling facility in Jalalabad to improve cotton production and transport.  The factory has stimulated regional economic growth, increased employment, generated income, and provided incentives for further investment in the cotton sector. 

The construction of the Kishim-Fayzabad Road has brought prosperity – and electricity – to the village of Gunbaz Balocha. Solar

Gunbaz Balocha village is located in remote Badakhshan province along the Kishim-Fayzabad Road.  USAID is currently reconstructing the entire 103-km road, along with its bridges and drainage structures.  Roads such as Kishim-Fayzabad provide many social and economic benefits to residents – and road construction brings jobs and prosperity to communities like Gunbaz Balocha.

Box factory employees make cardboard sheets during the box-production process.

A new cardboard box factory in Kandahar allows valuable Afghan exports to reach international markets undamaged.  Alleviating a significant export challenge, this production facility produces inexpensive, high-quality containers for shipping exports, such as fresh fruits, vegetables, and other perishable and/or fragile goods.  With support from USAID, the Dried Fruit Export Association began operation of the factory in September 2008.

The Nangarhar Seed Producer and Wholesaler Association’s new seed storage facility in Jalalabad.

Increasing the capacity to store seeds for future planting seasons is key to the sustainability and growth of the agriculture sector in Afghanistan.  USAID recently assisted the Nangarhar Seed Producer and Wholesaler Association (SPWA) in the construction of a new seed storage facility in eastern Afghanistan.  Previously, the association lacked an adequate storage facility where seeds could be preserved in safe, sanitary conditions and then sold according to seasonal demand.

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Last updated: October 24, 2016

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