A Plantwise plant clinic proved popular at the Farmer Festival and Spring Agfair exhibition, held last month in Badam Bagh Kabul, Afghanistan. The annual event, organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock of Afghanistan brought together a diverse delegation of government officials, students, farmers, gardeners, and the general public, including visitors from outside Afghanistan.
At the exhibition, the government, NGOs, semi-governmental and private companies all put on display their agriculture products, services, equipment, new ideas and advanced processes for good agricultural practice, plant protection, animal husbandry, food preservation, phytosanitary standards and market access. People from a range of different entities including farmers, the public, and other foreign visitors attended, making it one of the most important events for agricultural commerce in the country.
CABI’s booth at the exhibition included a pop-up plant clinic with a display of essential Plantwise materials – photo sheets, factsheets, pest management decision guides (PMDGs) and prescription forms.
During the festival, CABI’s stand had around 200 visitors and distributed over 700 factsheets and almost 600 PMDGs to agricultural students, gardeners, farmers, and interested members of the public. In fact, the general public were most interested in the Plantwise programme expressing an interest to receive more information in future.
The opening ceremony included high ranking government officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, Ministry of Public Health, Office of the State Minister for Disaster Management, and other parliament members. His Excellency, Naseer Ahmad Durani, Minister of Agriculture, spoke proudly about the importance of the Farmer Festival and Spring Agfair and was happy about the participation of officials and the public.
Agriculture accounts for 40% of Afghanistan’s gross domestic product. Whilst the country meets its needs in rice, potatoes, pulses, and nuts, it depends of imports for wheat, sugar, and edible fats and oils. In July of 2018, CABI welcomed Afghanistan as its 49th member country and is working to help it re-establish its place on the international market, namely for crops such as almonds, pistachios, raisins, apricots, and pomegranates.
For more information visit the Afghanistan page on the Plantwise Knowledge Bank