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With support from MAIL’s Afghanistan Agricultural Inputs Project (AAIP), Shams says that MAIL is working to rehabilitate the farm while improving its production capacity. “We have the human resources to run the farm, but not technical and financial support,” he says. “We appreciate AAIP providing us the technical and financial support.” He says the project is generating results at the farm, which “is functioning well now and we hope it will become even better.”

Rehabilitated Seeds Farm Enables Farmers in Northern Afghanistan Grow Healthy Crops

Khasa-Paz farm in Afghanistan’s northern province of Balkh is now producing foundation seeds, which are used to produce certified seeds that can eventually be used by farmers to grow healthy crops.

Photo Credit: Rumi Consultancy/ World Bank

Story Highlights:

  • Years of war ruined a government farm that worked to produce improved wheat seeds to benefit Afghanistan’s agricultural production.
  • Technical and financial support from the Afghanistan Agricultural Inputs Project is helping the farm recover its output of high quality seeds that produce climate-adapted, high-yielding crops resistant to disease and pest.
  • The project, supported by the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund, aims to strengthen capacity in the value chain for producing certified seeds, particularly wheat.

DEHDADI DISTRICT, Balkh Province – It is a hot sunny day in Dehdadi district, west of Mazar-e-Sharif city in northern Balkh province. Staff at Khasa-Paz farm are working in its fields, while Khan Mohammad Noori, 56, supervises them.

Khan Mohammad oversees Khasa-Paz, a 973-jerib (194 hectares) inter-ministerial farm managed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), which produces foundation seeds, primarily for wheat. The foundation seeds produced at Khasa-Paz, fall under one of the country’s six Improved Seed Enterprises (ISEs) which plays an important role in the production of high-yield and disease- and pest-resistant crops adapted to the local climate. Foundation seeds are used to produce certified seeds that can eventually be used by farmers to grow healthy crops.

Although Khasa-Paz farm has been running since 1987, the many years of war destroyed the farm, leading to very little or no output. “The Khasa Paz farmland was ruined during the war, but it has slowly become better since 2003,” says Kateb Shams, general manager of administration and finance for the Directorate of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock in Balkh province, which oversees the farm.

With support from MAIL’s Afghanistan Agricultural Inputs Project (AAIP), Shams says that MAIL is working to rehabilitate the farm while improving its production capacity. “We have the human resources to run the farm, but not technical and financial support,” he says. “We appreciate AAIP providing us the technical and financial support.” He says the project is generating results at the farm, which “is functioning well now and we hope it will become even better.”

Since AAIP support began in 2013, conditions at Khasa-Paz farm have improved significantly. from animals and people. “Our crops are not being trampled on anymore as the land is protected from any disruptions,” says Khan Mohammad. “We hope this means we will have better yields in the future.” More recent activities undertaken by AAIP have included buying modern farm machinery for the facility.

“It always gives me hope when I see the Seeds from different years form small groups and discuss ideas and projects they would like to implement,” said Afghan Program Coordinator Ahmad Mustafa Nassery. “When these seeds are together, they feel very strong and encouraged to do something good for society.

Seeds from across Afghanistan reunite

South Asia Programs

KABUL | Sixteen Afghan Seeds reunited over a meal at the Sufi Restaurant in Kabul on August 28th. The 2015 edition of the annual Seeds Grand Reunion included new Seeds who just graduated from Camp as well as older Seeds going back to the 2002 inception of the organization’s Afghanistan program.

Along with a chance to allow the Seeds to catch up and reunite with their friends, the event provided an opportunity for the group to learn about each other’s lives and careers. The night also featured a brief brainstorming discussion on ideas for the upcoming 2015 Bridges to Peace event.

The evening concluded with the new 2015 Seeds reflecting on their time at Camp this summer.

“It always gives me hope when I see the Seeds from different years form small groups and discuss ideas and projects they would like to implement,” said Afghan Program Coordinator Ahmad Mustafa Nassery. “When these seeds are together, they feel very strong and encouraged to do something good for society.

“We should always strive to keep these kids together and provide them such opportunities to meet up so that they always feel strong as a team.”