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New Zealand Funds FOA to Promote Afghan Agriculture

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KABUL: New Zealand is providing two million dollars in humanitarian aid through the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in a bid to promote the Afghan agriculture.

According to a report of the FOA, at least 94,500 vulnerable rural people from farming communities will be provided with agricultural inputs and cash assistance.

Farmers of the provinces of Kunduz, Nangarhar, Parwan and Wardak will benefit from the funding.

“We welcome New Zealand’s first ever contribution to FAO emergency and resilience programme at this critical point in time for Afghanistan. Farmers need quality seed in hand to plant in early spring and secure their harvest this year. New Zealand’s support will help make this happen,” said Richard Trenchard, FAO Representative in Afghanistan.

This comes as the Afghan farmers expressed concerns over lack of water and quality seeds for farming.

“We are facing many problems now. No person or agency has helped us until now,” said Mohammad Gul, a farmer.

“We welcome New Zealand’s first ever contribution to FAO emergency and resilience program at this critical point in time for Afghanistan. Farmers need quality seed in hand to plant in early spring, and secure their harvest this year. New Zealand’s support will help make this happen,” said Richard Trenchard, FAO Representative in Afghanistan

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