Agriculture products exhibition opens in Kabul

The 30th exhibition of agriculture and livestock products opened in Kabul on Wednesday. The event was attended by senior members of the Taliban, including its trio of deputy chief ministers.

Many exhibitions have been held so far but lack of job opportunities remains an unresolved issue.

At the exhibition, Taliban’s deputy chief minister for economic affairs Abdul Ghani Baradar stated that the event aims to enhance the market for domestic products.

“Our goal from this exhibition is to support the farmers, introduce our products to the people, and find markets for them,” he said.

Baradar acknowledged that agricultural production in Afghanistan is lower than in regional countries, noting that half of the country’s soil is uncultivated.

He cited the lack of a modern agricultural system, modern technology, professional human resources, reformed seeds, and interest in the agriculture sector as major challenges facing Afghanistan’s agriculture.

Meanwhile, the Taliban’s deputy chief minister for administrative affairs, Abdul Salam Hanafi, claimed that they effectively managed the water sector last year and plans to construct dams and improve the irrigation system this year.

Agriculture is the primary source of income for the majority of people in Afghanistan.

However, lack of a market for their products often results in significant financial losses for farmers.

This development follows recent floods and heavy rainfall that have damaged hundreds of hectares of land across several provinces. Farmers in central provinces such as Bamiyan, Panjshir, and Maidan Wardak report that unprecedented snowfall and rainfall have raised concerns about the future of their crops.