Afghan partners provide feedback

January 15, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

 

New mungbean variety at a field day in Uruzgan

ICARDA is working with Afghan partners on a project on ‘Sustainable food security and poverty reduction’. The project, funded by the Netherlands government, targets Uruzgan province. The results to date have been highly encouraging. We reproduce, in part, a letter from Uruzgan’s Director of Agriculture:

 “Our farmers are extremely happy with the newly introduced varieties… farmers have achieved 15% and 50% higher yields over traditional varieties… HMPAs [Producer associations established by the project] are getting very good responses on their test marketing of the first ever introduced hygienically packed dried mint packets… The people of Uruzgan will always be indebted to ICARDA and the Netherlands government for their generous support to this otherwise ignored province.”

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