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Agriculture project helps bring 'PEACE' to Afghanistan
Date:2/9/2009

djust to those changes," she said.

Since October 2006, the project has been collecting rangeland information in accessible provinces during the forage growing seasons, Schloeder said. Sufficient data has now been collected to make predictions for the Kuchi to use for this coming growing season, March through July.

Data collection has been accomplished with the help of Afghanistan's Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, graduates from the Kabul University and Kuchi herders and leaders.

Schloeder said another important piece of technology introduced through the project has been near-infrared spectrometry. This technology is being used to assess the nutritional quality of Afghanistan's rangeland vegetation, producing a "spectral profile" of crude protein and digestible organic matter in forages faster and cheaper than more traditional analytical methods.

"Since we've been in Afghanistan, we've engaged Kuchi leaders and herders and over time have gained their trust," said Jacobs. "They are very appreciative of our help and have been cooperating with us and working hard to build up the Afghan livestock sector. This is one of the true success stories coming out of that country."

"The economic and social benefits of international agriculture programs like these are important to the stability of the countries they serve," said Price. "Dr. Norman Borlaug, for whom our institute is named, has said many times that the destiny of world civilization depends upon providing a decent standard of living for all mankind. And a decent standard of living is what the PEACE project is helping the Kuchi achieve."


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Contact: Dr. Steven Whisenant
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979-845-5000
Texas A&M AgriLife Communications
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