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13 Packing Centers Established in 6 Agriculture Zones: MoAlS

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 Officials in Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock have stated that 13 packing centers were established in six agriculture zones to collect the current season harvests, saying the aim of the establishment is to convert the traditional method of collection internal harvest in the country.

The following project cost 4, 2$ million which is payable by the Asian Development Bank

Minister of Agriculture and live stock Asadullah Zamir who was inaugurating the first packing center in Mirbachakot district of Kabul city said,” one of the packing center is built in Kabul, three centers in Kandahar, three centers in Herat,three centers in Nangarhar, one center in Balkh Province and the other two has been established in Kunduz Province,the cost of each center is 233500$.”

Meanwhile Mirbachakot district Governor Abdul Rahim Rashid said,”its doesn’t resolve the whole challenges demanding that more packing centers to be established, insisting Afghanistan should come out of the current traditional agriculture method, and taxation on farmers should be decreased.”

However the head of the Sectarian services Matiullah Kharoti said,” in most of the cases we lose the big projects for having no sufficient budgets or no good maintaining.”

The following packing centers have been equipped as standard which is capable of to pack 5 up to 7 tons of products on daily basis.

Reported by Nabila Hafizi

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Afghanistan and Turkmenistan to sign marble export agreement

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Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Haneef Atmar and Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov, have discussed Afghanistan exporting marble to Turkmenistan.

In a statement issued by the Afghan foreign ministry, MoFA said the Afghan delegation provided comprehensive information to their Turkmen counterparts on the various natural resources and rare stones available in Afghanistan.

The Afghan delegation said the export of the resources would be significant in strengthening and expanding trade between Kabul and Ashgabat.

Highlighting development taking place and the construction around building new cities in Turkmenistan, the Turkmen delegation discussed their requirement for marble and expressed Turkmenistan’s full readiness to procure marble from Afghanistan.

The two sides agreed to sign an agreement on Afghanistan’s marble export to Turkmenistan.

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Parliament ratifies Iran, Afghanistan rail cooperation agreement

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Iran’s Parliament on Monday passed Iran-Afghanistan Rail Cooperation Agreement that allows rail connection between the neighboring countries.

Iran and Afghanistan agreed to make direct connection through railroad to transfer passengers and goods.

According to the agreement, the two sides have agreed to provide rail vehicles and services and implement sanitary supervision in accordance with international rules, while domestic rules are valid where an issue occurs outside of international conventions.

The agreement also states that the two sides must treat passengers and goods from the other side the way they treat their own. This applies to free access to destination points, providing space for cargos in terminals, unloading and uploading of cargos, onboarding and offboarding passengers, and using international railroad services.

Islamic Republic of Iran Railways and Afghanistan Railway Authority have been chosen in the agreement as qualified authorities to supervise implementing the agreement and to solve disagreements.

Iran and Afghanistan linked their railway through Iran’s Khaf and Afghanistan’s Herat.

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Chinese consortium meets with Ghani over $400 million power project

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A group of Chinese investors met with President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday to discuss the possibility of establishing a coal-fired power plant in the country.

The Presidential Palace (ARG) said in a statement the group plans to invest $400 million in the energy-generating project.

The plan is for the coal power plant to generate 300 megawatts of electricity.

“In the meeting, President Ghani articulated potentials of natural resources as well as investment opportunities in the energy sector in Afghanistan,” the statement read.

The statement noted that Ghani has instructed the Afghanistan Investment Facilitation Unit to assess the plan “in coordination with Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat to facilitate investment opportunities for the group and to share the outcome with the Office of the President.”

Energy in Afghanistan is provided by hydropower followed by fossil fuel and solar power.

According to Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), approximately 35% of Afghanistan’s population has access to electricity.

Currently, Afghanistan generates about 600 megawatts (MW) of electricity from several hydroelectric plants as well as using fossil fuel and solar panels.

However, more than 670 MW more is imported from neighboring Iran, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

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