The first five-year phase of an agriculture development programme, Support to National Priority Proggramme 2 (SNaPP2), was launched on Saturday by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) at a cost of $56 million.
Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Minister Asadullah Zamir told the SNaPP2 start-up workshop here that the programme would be executed in 15 years. The programme’s first phase would be implemented at a cost of $56 million from IFAD by the ministries of agriculture and rural rehabilitation and development (MRRD) during the next five years in Nangarhar, Balkh and Herat provinces, he said. Up to 420 farmers and orchard owners would be trained in new agricultural techniques and they would be distributed necessary agricultural tools as part of the programme, the minister said. He also the programme included training in irrigation methods and marketing of agricultural products. The minister, however, didn’t mention costs of the other phases of SNaPP2, but said IFAD had pledged to support the other phases for 10 more years in other provinces of the country. IFAD agricultural section head in Afghanistan, Qaim Shah, said the organisation was committed to supporting the programme for the next 15 years in order improve living condition of households in remote areas of Afghanistan. MRRD deputy minister Mohammad Sharif said, calling the programme as effective said his ministry would fully cooperate with the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock in properly implementing the SNaPP2. Earlier, some joint programmes of the two ministries had flopped due to a lack of cooperation between the two entities, but now they would struggle to successfully implement programmes, he said.