For the first time, a big and standard laboratory for testing agricultural products and identifying plant diseases and pests has been established in Badam Bagh area in Kabul city.
Officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) said the lab has been established by financial support from the World Bank and has cost 400 million AFs.
MAIL officials said after the inauguration of the lab, a large number of problems in agriculture and livestock would be addressed.
According to officials, not only quality certificates will be issued for domestic and imported products from this lab, but machines there can identify pests and diseases that harm agricultural products too.
“This laboratory complex is one of the most well-equipped complexes in Afghanistan, with its modern equipment and technology. Most of the machines and equipment already have been transferred to the complex, but some remaining items will be transferred to Afghanistan in the next month or two, when activities will begin,” MAIL spokesman Akbar Rustami said.
Agriculture ministry officials said, along with the identification of pests and disease at the lab, solutions too will be sought to overcome problems to prevent diseases in agricultural fields, as well as among livestock.
According to officials, staff to run the lab and machines, are undergoing training.
“We have well-experienced employees of whom most have Master’s degrees, gained from inside and outside the country. From the laboratory, they can identify all plant diseases and pests,” Naqibullah Baburi, head of the plants protection department at MAIL said.
Agriculture, irrigation and livestock ministry hopes that after the inauguration of the complex, the number of agricultural-related diseases will decrease.