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USAID pledges assistance in Afghan agriculture sector

A supporter of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah holds an Afghan flag during an election campaign rally in Paghman district of Kabul June 9, 2014. The second round of Afghanistan's presidential election will take place on June 14. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR3SWZ5

Kabul, Nov. 1 : The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has promised 300 million dollar assistance to improve Afghanistan’s agriculture sector.

Through Afghanistan Agriculture Extension Project (AAEP), the USAID will help to develop the agriculture and livestock in the country, the TOLONews reported.

The agency will expand strategic reserves of grains in the country and will also enhance the skills of women working in the sector.

The programme will be implemented in 21 different provinces in the country and will be completed in four years.

It will also work to bring reform on agriculture law and motivate investments by both the government and private sectors.

The AAEP will also focus on finding markets for the agriculture products and processing and packaging the products.

Afghanistan’s Agriculture Minister Assadullah Zamir has appreciated USAID’s assistance and said that money should be allocated in increasing of grains and finding markets for the products. (ANI)