Perennial Horticulture Development Project

Detailed description of project:

The TA for the implementation of the Perennial Horticulture Development aimed to contribute to poverty alleviation in particular for the rural population and to contribute to the general economic recovery of Afghanistan. The specific objectives were to successfully implement restructuring of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Health and Forestry (MAAHF) to gain maximum ownership of the project activities by building its capacity and by performing as a horticulture facilitator. The projects’ lessons learned will lead to an improved sector policy development and programming. To that end the project aimed to achieve the following results:

  • An efficiently structured and operational MAAHF, horticulture sub-sector was established;
  • Demonstration orchards were operational and had the ability to perform extension services on request of the private sector. The agronomic potential was better understood and used to formulate detailed policies and strategies;
  • Six nucleus nurseries were operational and provide sufficient and healthy plant material to meet the demand of the growing private horticulture sector;
  • The inventory of Afghanistan’s germplasm collection was completed, a preservation centre established on a sustainable basis and its yield potential examined;
  • Support to farmers was given through their organisations and with the assistance of NGOs in the field of production increase, demonstration, quality improvement, post harvest handling and marketing.

Type of services provided:

Development and sustainable operation of demonstration orchards and six nucleus nurseries throughout the country:

  • Identification and selection of sites for the nucleus nurseries and demonstration orchards;
  • Development of infrastructure and plants at the selected nurseries and orchards and use them for trials and demonstration purposes;
  • Development and implementation of a partici­patory research programme for fruit crops;
  • Training of local staff for technical and administrative operations of the nurseries and orchards and preparation of training materials for farmers and training of trainers;
  • Organisation of seminars and field days at the nurseries and orchards;
  • Rehabilitation of nucleus stocks and ensure genetic superior and health planting materials for multiplication, stock plants and budding wood; and
  • Training of nursery staff in technical skills and management for the nucleus nursery operations.
Ministry of Agri­culture, Animal Hus­bandry and Food
EC
06/2006 – 12/2010
Contract value: 4,520,640 €