Establishment of EU-funded National Collection of Fruit Trees celebrated in Afghanistan

The EU-MAIL Transition Project recently organised a ceremony to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the establishment of the National Collection of Fruit Trees Species and Varieties. The event was organised in collaboration with the Afghanistan National Horticulture Development Organisation (ANDHO) and held at the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) in Kabul.

Introductory speeches were given by the Minister of Agriculture, the Chief Advisor to the President on agriculture and development, and the Head of the EU Delegation. The ceremony prompted a multi-stakeholder discussion on the EU Delegation’s long-term strategic approach to development of the Afghan agricultural sector, the status of the National Collection and its key role in the development of the horticultural related value chain. It was covered widely on national TV including Shamshad TV[1].

The National Collection is one of the biggest successes of the EU-MAIL collaboration. It is a living repository of local fruit species and varieties collected from all over Afghanistan with the collaboration and approval of the elders of the villages. The varieties are kept in MAIL farms called Perennial Horticulture Development Centres (PHDCs) under the responsibility of Agriculture Research Institute of Afghanistan (ARIA) which ensures the protection of Afghan fruit biodiversity and improves the quality and quantity of Afghan exports to enhance the livelihood of the Afghan people.

The EU-MAIL Transition Project is strengthening agriculture as a pillar of development within Afghanistan and is funded by the EU and implemented by Landell Mills.

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