MINISTER RAHIMI CELEBRATES POTATO HARVEST WITH FARMERS IN BAMYAN PROVINCE

THIS YEAR 1,280 FARMERS, MEMBERS OF 44 COOPERATIVES FROM BAMYAN PROVINCE HAVE HAD ACCESS TO AGRICULTURAL CREDIT THROUGH THE ADF.

On September 26, the Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock and the Governor of Bamyan province, together with the Agricultural Development Fund (ADF), celebrated the Potato Harvest with producer cooperatives in Bamyan. ADF has been operating in Bamyan province since 2011 in partnership with the Provincial Delegation of MAIL to serve a small number of clients. The increase in the number of loans provided in the province required of a stronger presence that resulted in the opening of ADF provincial office in June 2013.

H.E. Mr. Rahimi said: "Agricultural credit provided by the ADF is having a strong impact on the rural communities; it is indeed unleashing the true potential of Afghan agriculture".

H.E. Dr. Habiba Sorabi, Bamyan Governor stated: “People are shifting from the traditional ways of farming to modern ways, the main product in Bamyan is potatoes, but due to bad roads and lack of storage and agricultural credit they couldn’t sell for a good price. Now we have Agricultural credit, more than 1,000 potato storage units, and good roads.”

To date ADF has approved loans for over US$ 78 million. These loans are directly benefiting over 22,000 farmers in 32 provinces. The work carried out with potato growing cooperatives in Bamyan province is one of several examples of how credit is supporting the growth of agriculture.

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