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Agricultural laboratory put to operation in Kandahar

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(Last Updated On: June 8, 2020)

A laboratory for the diagnosis and treatment of agricultural and horticultural products was put to operation in Kandahar province.

Officials at the Kandahar Department of Agriculture say the lab was funded personally by an agricultural specialist and was inaugurated on Monday, June 8th.

They add that the lab is set to diagnose and cure agricultural and horticultural crops.

Officials also added that all of the lab’s gears were imported from the United States, Canada, China, and India, which have the capacity to diagnose a variety of vegetation diseases.

Agha Lalai Dastgiri, Kandahar’s deputy governor for social affairs, says that most of the people in the province are farmers and that installing such laboratories could help increase agricultural production.

Gardeners and farmers in Kandahar also see the creation of such laboratories beneficial for the development of their crops.

They say that their crops are declining every year due to various diseases, but they hope that with the operation of this laboratory, the problem will be resolved to some extent.

Officials in Kandahar province also confirm that the construction of laboratories and refrigeration systems will increase farmers’ products and that the government is working to provide more facilities for the farmers.

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Pakistan to import gas from Turkmenistan via Afghanistan: report

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(Last Updated On: December 9, 2022)

The government of Pakistan, facing gas shortage as winter sets in, has worked out a plan to import liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) overland from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan, Pakistan Today reported on Thursday.

The customs office in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan, after consultations with stakeholders, sent a plan to the Federal Board of Revenue to import LPG across the Chaman border, the paper said, citing sources. The federal government is ready to take the big step of importing LPG from Turkmenistan and will allow entry of tanker trucks, the sources said.

Afghan haulers plan to drive empty Pakistani tanker trucks across the Chaman border to the border with Turkmenistan in Torghuni to fill them with LPG. They will then drive back to Chaman and hand the trucks over to Pakistani haulers, who will deliver the gas to the point of destination in Pakistan, according to the report.

The documents cited by Pakistan Today lay out three plans: immediate, short-term and long-term. Under the first, imports will begin immediately, while the short-term plan will require six to eight months and the long-term plan, which calls for setting up a station to load LPG into Pakistani fuel trucks, will take one year.

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Another cotton processing factory established in Kandahar: officials

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Kandahar provincial officials said Thursday another cotton processing factory has been established in the province at a cost of more than 50 million afghanis.

According to them, the factory has the ability to process 32 tons of cotton, two tons of oil, and two tons of soap within eight hours.

Meanwhile, Chamber of Industry and Commerce officials in Kandahar province said that if electricity problems in Kandahar industrial parks are resolved, inactive factories would be restarted.

Sayed Sarwar Amani, head of the Kandahar Chamber of Industry and Commerce, said: “If we have electricity, we will see more factories opening.”

Business owners said they are facing numerous problems in the industrial parks.

“We call on the Islamic Emirate to provide facilities and services for the investors,” said Abdul Bari, one industrial park business owner.

The local officials meanwhile stated that they will try to solve the problems and provide a good working environment for the people.

The latest cotton processing plant brings the total in Kandahar to 27 such factories, which in turn provide employment for 1,500 people directly and 3,000 people indirectly.

Annually, 170,000 tons of processed cotton are exported from these factories, which collectively generate $400 million.

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IEA launches investment and visa center at Kabul airport

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The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), on Wednesday opened a center for investment and an emergency visa unit at Kabul Airport.

At a ceremony at the airport, the minister of industry and trade said it is necessary to establish such centers to facilitate technical services and issue visas for international businessmen and investors.

“This unit was established to provide services to those international businessmen and investors who intend to invest in Afghanistan, as well as colleagues and engineers who cooperate with the private sector of the country,” said Nooruddin Azizi, Minister of Industry and Trade.

Azizi also added that with the opening of this unit, more opportunities of investment in the country have been provided, compared to that in the past.

This center was inaugurated on Wednesday by Nooruddin Azizi, Minister of Industry and Trade, as well as the ministers of finance; of transport and aviation; the deputy minister of interior, chamber of commerce officials and a number of high-ranking officials.

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