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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Herat (BNA) The fourth national festival of saffron flower was held in Herat yesterday.
Monesa Hasanzada provincial deputy of Herat province who participated in this festival appreciated the efforts of farmers in cultivation of saffron.
She said that our peasants could produce the best saffron among 300 types of saffron in the world which has the best quality and stand at first level in the world markets.
Hasanzada also noted that Afghanistan could get the third rank among 30 countries who produce saffron and have the best quality saffron in the world.
Bashir Ahmad head of Herat agriculture department said, Herat province has about 6000 hectares of saffron cultivation land, producing more than 12 tons of saffron and creating more than 10,000 households with more than 90 percent of production of this product as a pioneer in the industry of Afghanistan.
It is said that Herat saffron after producing and packing send to the markets with a sustainable prince.
T. Yarzada

Monday November 12, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The witnesses in economic affairs believe that transportation of Afghan merchandize via air corridors of Germany is easy but expensive.
They say that the impact and role of air corridors of Afghanistan with regional countries is important in the growth of export-import of Afghanistan. A number of economic experts of Afghanistan believe that establishment of air corridors is effective in the economic growth of the country. According to them, the air corridors not only regarded as important for export-import of Afghan merchandize to regional countries, but it expands the ties of merchants with other regional countries in the field of commerce. Fortunately, now we are the witnesses of establishment of air corridors among India, Turkey, Indonesia and China and hope the commercial ties further be grown more with regional countries. Economic witness, Saifuddin Saihoon in a briefing with The Kabul Times on importance of establishment of air corridors said that Afghanistan is a land-locked country and lacks vast railroad and transportation infrastructures and to grow its economy is making effort with utility from air corridors to expand its export.
Based on the same, in current year, the government of Afghanistan practically inaugurated several air corridors to ease transportation of Afghan traders’ merchandize to overseas that recently we are the witnesses of establishment of air corridor with People’s Republic of China that through this, the Afghan products especially pine nut directly transported to that country via this corridor. He added that within recent years, after repeated closing of Pakistan borders before consignments of Afghan traders, the government of Afghanistan decided beside commercial borders to open air corridors for export of dried fruits and merchandize to abroad. According to him, it is possible transportation of merchandize through air corridor would be expensive but in present situation, this decision would be regarded as a positive step towards development of commerce of Afghanistan and can in some extent rescue our country from commercial alignment with those countries who close their ports before our merchandize any time they want and incur our merchants.
This measure would have its positive impact for development of private sector as well as this measure strengthens friendship among nations and also has its impact on their politics. At the same time, the chamber of commerce and industry time and again has asserted every year, when the export of Afghan products begins to Pakistan, the latter created some limitations in its borders with Afghanistan that as a result, our merchants and farmers sustain worth millions of dollars annually. So, establishment of air corridors in some extent remove the problems of Afghan merchants in the connection. It is said that for the first time, the fresh fruit of Afghanistan was transported to India through air corridor. In this flight 60 tons fresh and dried fruits was dispatched to New Delhi and after this, similar flights took place to Turkey and Kazakhstan. According to the authorities of government of Afghanistan, annually, $30 million is gained through air transportation and establishment of air corridors can play its positive impact in enhancement of this income.
Simultaneously, Afghanistan is making effort to expand as soon as possible the capacity of Chabahar port of Iran and open water way towards India and central Asia. Anyway, in present condition, the government takes step to grow and develop national economy. It is a hope for a bright future of the country. At the same time, the in-charges of chamber of commerce regard not only the role of air corridor as positive for increment of export with regional countries but regard it as effective for increment of total exports of Afghanistan. They believe that the air corridor of Afghanistan as an alternative way and positive pressure caused we face with lesser problems in land transportation. Based on the same, our export to regional countries is increasing daily and all these are the achievements earned through establishment of air corridors and efforts made by government of Afghanistan. It is mentionable that now, the government of Afghanistan has opened similar air corridor with China that through this, several tons of black pine-nut of Afghanistan have been exported to China.
Shukria Kohistani

Sunday November 11, 2018

Kabul (BNA) H.E. Dr. Mohammad Humayon Qayoumi, Acting Minister of Finance and Chief Advisor on Infrastructure to H.E. the President, along with Dr. Mohammad Karim Baz, Deputy Minister for Parliamentary Affairs participated in Meshrano Jirga General Meeting where they presented the FY-1398 National Budget to the respected senators according to article 98 of Afghanistan Constitution. 
Acting Minister of Finance provided precise information to the members of Meshrano Jirga about collection of domestic revenue in accordance with financial plan and its increment by 30% comparing to FY-1393 and successful Review of Government’s financial and economic reforms by IM.
Additionally, he gave information to the senators about, improvement in national budget use indicators, cooperation in the area of regional transit and economic, development of private sector, agriculture, transport and energy as well as FY-1398 National Budget Draft.
In the meeting, Minister Qayoumi assured them that their comments on the national budget would be considered in accordance with the laws of the country and available facilities. He asked them to confirm the national budget for implementation of development budget on scheduled time and government working process as soon as possible to be submitted to Wolesi Jirga for approval. The total amount of the national budget for FY-1398 is 399 billion AFs, 275 billion AFs of which is the ordinary budget and 124billion AFs is the development budget.
Most of the development budget is allocated for five sectors respectively 52 billion AFS for Infrastructure, 23 billion AFs for agriculture and rural development, 13 billion AFs health, 8.8 billion AFs governance and 6.8 billion AFS for education.
It is worth mentioning that, the FY-1398 national budget is prepared in accordance with realities, available resources and government priorities.  In FY-1398 national budget, the focus is on development budget that is 12% higher comparing to FY-1397 national budget.  However, there has been a saving in ordinary budget.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Nearly 3600 metric tons of Jujube worth 2 billion Afghani have been produced in Farah province.
Abdul Manan Mateen head of Farah agricultural department told BNA correspondent, Farah is one of the most important producer of Jujube which farmers and merchants of this province have received nearly 2 billion Afghani from Jujube production.
Jujube is one of the most valuable medicinal fruits which has been named (Telae Sourkh) (Red Gold) in Farah province.
According to reports, more than 1,000 hectares of land are under Jujube cultivation in this province.
Jujube of Farah province is exported to India and Pakistan, agricultural officials of Jujube production in Farah province said, the Jujube grows a lot every year in this province.
The main center of Jujube production is in Poshtroad, Anar Dara Districts, villages and suburb of Farah province and also Poshtkoh and Qala-e-Kah Districts.
According to the head of Farah agricultural department, currently Jujube has been widely cultivated in all districts and villages of that province.
Two years ago, the project for the construction and spread of Jujube gardens in Pashtoonkoh and Qala-e-Kah districts of Farah province implemented at the cost of 70,000 $, and a total of 100 Jujube gardens were created in the two mentioned districts and center of Farah province.
Officials of Farah agricultural department say technical and vocational training has been given to 200 gardeners in Farah province with the implementation of a project to expand Jujube gardens.
Farmers in Farah province say that this product is also good, and in terms of resources and energy, it is considered gourmet fruit.
Jujube fruit is used both freshly and in dry form.
T. Yarzada

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