KABUL (Pajhwok): Two newly-constructed greenhouses with the capacity of producing 300 tonnes of vegetable were inaugurated in central Parwan province on Wednesday, a statement said.
Costing $1 million, the two greenhouses were constructed with support from USAID by the Bostan-e-Sabz Agriculture Company, a statement from the Ministry of Agriculture said.
Agriculture Minister Anwarul Haq Ahadi, while addressing the inauguration event, said: “I always ask myself why farmers in Afghanistan are poor and their lives never changed compared with farmers of other nations and the answer is that Afghanistan’s agriculture is not based on academic experiences and is not business oriented.”
He said agricultural productions in developed countries were based on science and trade, so their farmers earned more and lived better.
He said BustanSabz Company conducted its activities with a combination of production based on science and trade.”
He said Parwan farmers will get agriculture projects in 2021 which would be implemented with the purpose to bring positive change and improve the living standards of farmers.
“Experts believe that Afghanistan has a good capacity in the field of agriculture and horticulture, it can even compete with neighboring countries in these two sectors,” he added.
Governor Fazal Din Ayar said Parwan has the capacity for fish farming, livestock, fruit farming and stressed better mechanism for Parwan agriculture to make the province self-sufficient in agriculture products.
He added all resources were available in Parwan, which was part of Afghanistan’s economic chain with $175 million investment in the SanjadDarra Industrial Park.
Mohammad NaeemAtarud, executive director of Bostan-e-Sabz Company, said the two green houses were built at a cost of $1 million. One green house covers 1086 square metres of land which would produce different vegetables four times in one year.