“I am trying to … take the country towards self-sufficiency and help the poor to be nourished.”
Ghulam Nabi’s agricultural enterprise improves the quality of seeds and aims to contribute to food security in Afghanistan.
Benefiting from technical and material support from the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), Ghulam’s enterprise near Jalalabad has produced seeds that increase yield by more than 30 per cent.
FAO has also supported Ghulam’s enterprise and other companies like his through provision of seed-improving equipment and large warehouses to support the development of a viable seed industry in Afghanistan.
Ghulam works closely with local farmers to track the performance of seeds and to ensure the best are identified, reproduced and used in the food chain.
Ghulam's story. In his own words.
My name is Ghulam Nabi and I am known as Malik Ghulam Nabi. I am a resident of Behsud-i-Khas village in Behsud district, eastern Nangarhar province.
I have a company for improving seeds which has official permission from the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA).
I employ technical and professional seed improving staff. We process the seeds under the observation of Ministry of Agriculture employees.
I was formerly a teacher, but when I noticed the dire need among farmers for improved seeds, I started this business which takes our country towards food security.
Being a teacher was also a sacred duty, but in my current role I am trying to assist people, take the country towards self-sufficiency and help the poor to get nourishment. I am trying to hire professional employees and go ahead legally and professionally.
Besides processing and improving seeds, I have developed good relations with locals, especially farmers. They are happy and satisfied with whatever I have done: their production has increased by 30 to 50 per cent. They are supporting me in my business and receiving improved seeds. They use chemicals to keep their fields clear of weeds because now they know the benefits of improved seeds.
The farmers are happy about the increase in their yields, which is our intention. I registered with the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) in 2007 and benefited from their technical and professional support. FAO provided us with new machines and training on how to use improved seeds. They built huge stores for us, supported visits to the countryside and promoted the use of improved seeds. Besides supporting my firm, they supported other companies as well.
The residents and farmers are so happy and satisfied with the achievements of FAO and my business.
I congratulate the UN on their 70th anniversary. I thank FAO for their support and for representing my people, especially the farmers.
I ask the UN and the European Union to support FAO’s seed refining projects, which are leading Afghanistan towards self-sufficiency and releasing it from dependency. I hope the Ministry of Agriculture, FAO and NGOs working in agriculture will continue to support us in our seed improving business.
As you know, Afghanistan is a poor country and most of the economy depends on agriculture. Agriculture, therefore, should be modernized and mechanized. Our agriculture is still traditional: tractors are only working in a few parts of the country. There should be more assistance with improvement of seeds. New varieties of seeds should be tested and their use promoted.
We are thankful to the UN for their assistance in improving seeds and for fertilizers, water channels and even medications. Once again I congratulate the UN on their 70th anniversary.
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