Afghanistan seeks UN support for wheat storage amid concerns of drought

Afghanistan seeks UN support for wheat storage amid concerns of drought

TOLOnews reported that Afghanistan has sought help from the United Nations (UN) amid growing concerns about drought in the war-torn country, asking the UN to facilitate the storage of wheat.

According to the Afghan News Agency, the Chamber of Agriculture and Livestock has called on the United Nations to help the country with regard to the same and said that it would in turn help Afghanistan boost its economy.

Notably, Afghanistan’s economy turned upside down after the Taliban seized power in the country in August 2021. Since then, the nation is in a severe humanitarian crisis as the citizens are living a miserable life.

“The international community and other countries need to support Afghanistan in the current situation,” TOLOnews quoted Mirwaiz Hajizada, Afghanistan’s deputy head of agriculture and livestock, as saying.

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Regarding the ongoing food crisis, Musbahuddin Musteen, a spokesman for the Taliban-led Ministry of Agriculture, said, “The Ministry of Agriculture has sent plans to the cabinet to allocate the budget for the purchase of 100,000 tons of wheat for emergency situations.”

Despite receiving humanitarian aid from around the world, Afghanistan’s poverty, malnutrition and unemployment rates are still at their highest in the country.

Highlighting the situation in Afghanistan, Qutbuddin Yakubi, an analyst, said, “Afghanistan needs six to eight million metric tonnes of wheat every year. Fortunately, about five million metric tonnes is supplied from domestic sources and the remaining are supplied from foreign sources,” according to Tolonews.

Continued discrimination against more than half of the country’s population is affecting Afghanistan’s development as a country.

In August 2021, the Taliban took control of Afghanistan and enacted laws that severely curtailed the fundamental rights of people, especially women and girls.

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