Officials from Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) at a ceremony on Saturday said the ministry has received wheat storage equipment which will help farmers across Afghanistan.
The equipment provided by the World Food Program (WFP) cost 35 million AFs and will be distributed to wheat storage facilities in 17 provinces in the near future, MAIL officials said.
“Now that we have received the package as per our agreement with the WFP, we will be able to test wheat protein and gluten in the capital [Kabul] and we will not have to send our samples abroad,” said Abdul Qadeer Jawad, administrative and finance deputy head of MAIL.
WFP officials said they will continue their efforts to enable Afghan farmers and industry owners to produce the required food WFP.
“Over the past years, we have been importing food particularly wheat to feed those that cannot feed themselves, those that the government cannot afford to support but of late we have changed the strategy and we are looking to see how we can support the food systems,” said Angeline Rudakbana, deputy head of WFP operational department.