First-ever Communications Centre Inaugurated for the Afghan Farmers

16 December 2018

 

The first-ever communications center was inaugurated for Afghan farmers in a bid to pave the way for the establishment of consultative contacts between the local farmers and agricultural experts in Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock (MAIL). Farmers can contact free of cost with the subject experts, dialing 150 number and can get information at any local language.  The inauguration event was attended by H.E. MAIL Minister Nasir Ahmad Durrani, along with H.E. Minister of Information and Technology Shahzad Gul Aryoubi and Mr. Abdul Hamid Helmandi, Senior Adviser to the President.

Mr. Durrani said the center will provide information and guidance to farmers helping them increase their agricultural yield and income. This system will also play a key role to provide extension services to the farmers in the remote and insecure areas where the extension workers cannot physically visit.

 

Mr. Durrani emphasized the importance of ensuring farmers are aware of this new service adding that agricultural growth is first and foremost dependent on the performance of the farmers and without informing and introducing them to modern methods it is not easy to achieve.  He concluded by noting FCC is established precisely to serve this purpose.

Mr. Aryoubi complemented by highlighting the key role communication technologies can play in support of the agricultural sector and reaffirmed his Ministry's support to MAIL in this respect.

 

Mr. Helmandi delivered the final speech with re-iterating the relationship between the overall income level of the farmers with their overall knowledge level and the positive impact FCC will make in lifting them both.

UNODC under the Japanese funding provided financial support to MAIL in establishing FCC as well as technical support by facilitating a MoU between MAIL and Indian National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE), for provision of capacity building services.