Private Seed Enterprise opens in Bamyan

This year, for the first time, up to 35% of quality wheat seed in Afghanistan will be produced and sold by the private sector. Most of this seed will come from 8 new pilot private enterprises which have been established across the country within the last 2 years with the support of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) with funding from the European Commission (EC).
One of these enterprises is the Bamyan Bastan Private Seed Enterprise, which was inaugurated by the Bamyan Governor, Dr. Habiba Sarabi, on 5 August 2006 in a grand ceremony attended by over 150 farmers and dignitaries including the Mayor of Bamyan (Mr. Mohamad Zahir), the Member of Parliament for Bamyan Province (Baba Mohsini), and the Director of Agriculture (Eng. Taher Ataey).

In her address to the crowd of enthusiastic farmers, Dr. Sarabi thanked FAO for providing such valuable technical assistance to stimulate private sector involvement in agriculture, which will be of service and benefit to the entire farming community in the province. She called on the new enterprise, which currently focuses on wheat seed, to consider extending to potato and pulse crops as well, since these are important crops in the province and need technical attention especially in terms of new varieties.

The inauguration marked a joyful day for farmers in Bamyan, many of whom later participated in a field day in the Bursona community to discuss with technical experts as they viewed and inspected the seed fields of the Bamyan Bastan Enterprise contract growers.

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