Sunday, 28 August 2016

Afghanistan: new agriculture products' processing and packaging centers

The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan will establish 12 agriculture products’ processing and packaging centers in various provinces of Afghanistan at a total cost of USD 1.6mn. An agreement to that effect was signed between the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) and the private company Agroindust Company. Ministry of Agriculture said the centers would be built in Balkh, Kunduz, Paktika and Nangarhar provinces. “Each center would have the capacity to process about 7,5 metric tons of fruits a day and would have facilities of washing, drying and packaging of fruits,” said at the Ministry of agriculture. Under the contract, the company shall be responsible for collecting, drying, grading, washing, packaging the products. This comes as Afghan farmers have repeatedly requested the Government of Afghanistan to build processing facilities across the country. Around 39% of domestic fruits decayed each year due to lack of processing facilities. At the present, about 90 agriculture products’ processing centers are operational all over the country. The Ministry opened 19 such centers last month in Paktia, Nangarhar, Kandahar, Herat, Balkh and Kabul provinces.