FAO hands over equipment worth US$1.5 million to the Ministry of Agriculture

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) handed over equipment to the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) and the Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) at national, provincial and district levels, after completion of the projects.
The equipment was part of thirteen emergency and rehabilitation projects funded by the European Commission, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, United Kingdom and the United States. These projects contributed to the rehabilitation of MAIL’s infrastructure at national, provincial and districts levels, focusing on the departments: irrigation, seed, plant protection, general provincial affairs, extension and FAAHM.

The two hundred and seventy eight items handed over to MAIL include: agro-meteorology equipment, 34 Codan Base radios in all the provinces in order for MAIL to collect information and to despatch it to Kabul, office equipment (computers, printers, photocopiers, projectors, cameras), generators, laboratory equipment, 38 motorcycles, 24 seed cleaners, 2 rub halls, 4 sprayers, 18 threshers, 12 tractors, 7 trailers for tractors and 8 vehicles.

Forty nine pieces of equipment, mainly office equipment and vehicles, have been handed over to the MEW.

The total purchase price of these items was US$1 550 000. Many of the items are already being used by the Ministries at central, provincial and districts levels.

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