Published: January 09, 2013
Kabul Farmers Seek External Market
KABUL, Afghanistan - Task Force Centurion Agricultural specialist, Sean Currans, conducted a video teleconference earlier this month between Afghan fruit farmers in Kabul and a fruit-produce broker in the U.S. to foster long-term grower and buyer relationships.
Task Force Centurion is responsible for helping build Afghans' capacity in agriculture. During the conference, the farmers increased their awareness of the worldwide fruit exporting process. They said they hope to learn to export beyond the region.
Sean Currans, Task Force Centurion agricultural specialist facilitates a video teleconference in Kabul between Afghan fruit farmers and packers and a U.S. fruit-produce broker in order to foster developing grower and buyer relationships.
Photo: Capt. Marvin J. Baker, 136th MEB Public Affairs
Currans said, traditionally, the majority of Kabul farmers' trade is held within the city or other parts of the country. Once the internal markets are satisfied with fruit products, the farmers often dry their fruits, which offer a smaller profit.
Currans hopes that the combined efforts of the coalition and corporations along with the Afghans' wish to be part of the international fruit market will drive Kabul farmers to embrace sustainable agricultural practices that will help put the country on the right track.
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