Afghan agriculture ministry announces new agro projects
Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Minister Asadullah Zamir announced that agriculture projects worth 500,000,000 Afghanis would be launched in southern Helmand province. The projects included green houses, 500 pistachio orchards, water dams, 2000 pomegranate and grape orchards, poultry farms, 500 small orchards for women, raisin processing structures and other projects would be launched in March 2016. The projects would create job opportunities for Helmand residents. Minister Zamir has reportedly survived a bomb blast which targeted his convoy on his way from Kandahar to Helmand. The minister has been on a visit in southern Afghanistan assessing opportunities for strengthening the agriculture sector. He said that southern Afghanistan provided great opportunities for boosting agriculture in the country.