A representative from a privately owned agricultural depot in Nangarhar province hands out leaflets to farmers
In Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar, farmers have been linked up with certified agricultural depots
18 AUGUST 2013 | NANGARHAR, AFGHANISTAN
Farming just got easier and more rewarding for Hazrat Gul. He and other farmers in Behsud district in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar, have been linked up with certified agricultural depots, from where they can buy reasonably priced, high-quality seeds.
Mr Gul is hopeful he will have a good harvest. “Previously, we used to buy seeds from local vendors. At harvest time, we would realize they were of poor quality but it would be too late to cry over spilt milk,” he says.
No longer. Mr Gul is benefitting from USAID’s Incentives Driving Economic Alternatives for the North, East and West (IDEA-NEW) program, which promotes sustainable agricultural development across Afghanistan.
The program ensures that Afghan farmers have regular and viable access to a value-for-money supply of high quality tools, seeds and fertilizer. The depots are privately owned and run and each serves at least one province. Farmers attending IDEA-NEW’s demonstration classes on modern techniques were introduced to representatives from the depots. Each received a discount voucher to start them off.