KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): A rice-processing plant, the first of its kind, has been inaugurated in northern Kunduz province, local officials said on Monday.
The rice-processing unit, “Shohaib Faisal” was inaugurated in the Saydarak area of Kunduz City, the provincial capital today.
According to authorities, an amount of about $5.70 US million has been invested in the huge rice mill.
Khan Mohammad Frotan, in charge of the mill, told Pajhwok Afghan News they had provided 3,840 farmers with modified seed and would give loans in case of need.
He said the plant, having 85 professional staffers, could process 140 tonnes of rice in 24 hours. The rice was exported to Tajikistan and Uzbekistan as well, he added.
Farmers also expressed happiness with the inauguration of this mill.
Naeem Jan, a grower from Chahar Dara district, said: “Previously, there was no rice-processing plant. With the inauguration of this unit, our work will improve.”
At the inaugural ceremony, Governor Abdul Sattar Mirzakwal said the provincial administration and central government were committed to supporting businessmen and industrialists.