Propagating Native Fruit and Nuts
From 2007-09, GPFA served as a facilitating partner for the World Bank’s Horticulture & Livestock Project (HLP) to source and supply budwood and cuttings of healthy native varieties of fruit and nut trees to Afghan nursery owners to help rebuild the once thriving horticultural industry neglected during three decades of conflict. The project contributes to HLP’s objective to establish 170 acres of nurseries producing 5 million saplings and 12,000 acres of new orchards. 500 best specimens were selected. By 2009 GPFA had supplied more than 1.8 million cuttings and budwood to nurseries designated by HLP.
Regenerating Fruit and Nut Production
Over a four-year project, GPFA and the European Community are partnering to modernize and revitalize nursery and orchard businesses in four districts located in Logar, Paktya and Wardak Provinces. GPFA is focusing not only on improving farmer agricultural practices, market knowledge, and technology, but also on connecting production and marketing segments of the horticultural industry – suppliers, growers, wholesalers, and traders—through more efficient systems. Beginning with a comprehensive market survey, the project created a network of 40 private nursery businesses in four target areas. These enterprises propagate high quality, disease-free planting stock closely tied to domestic and export demand. 1,000 private orchards eventually will be supplied with nursery stock.