Afghan Entrepreneurs Learn Innovative Agriculture Techniques and Exchange Ideas with the Farmers and Traders in India

 

UNODC Country Office for Afghanistan supports small and medium entrepreneurs and provides them with capacity building opportunities believing that capacity building of locals could encourage local investment in agriculture and food industry. New technology in food processing, packaging and marketing can help entrepreneurs increase production and sales of their produce.  From 17-26 August, 2017, a group of six Small and Medium Entrepreneurs (SME) from three regions of the country visited India.

The main objectives of this study visit were; 1) to see  new development  in the processing and marketing of agriculture produce, 2) to understand the  role and contribution  of the Public and Private Sectors and 3) to exchange ideas and establish linkages between Afghan and Indian institutions for future collaboration and cooperation.

The Afghan SMEs visited ten private and public agriculture based enterprises and interacted with the farmer groups to gain information on their organization and understand their production/marketing cycle and also role of the public and private sector in the agriculture extension services, enterprise management, application and adaptability of new agriculture technologies.

This exposure visit opened a new window of opportunities to scale-up and adopt the successful lessons learnt in Afghanistan context, especially in grape, pomegranate plantation/marketing and vegetable production.  Linkages have also been established between Afghan and Indian SMEs institutions/entrepreneurs for future collaboration and trading. Contact has been established with Sahyadri Farms based in Mumbai to visit Afghanistan and further discuss the possibility of pomegranates and grapes' export to India.