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U-N Launches Afghan Farm Appeal - 2001-11-29


The United Nations Food Agency has launched an urgent 10 million dollar appeal to help Afghan farmers revive an agricultural economy ravaged by war and nearly four years of severe drought.

The appeal from the U-N Food and Agriculture Organization is part of a wider U-N-led effort to alert global donors to the plight of Afghanistan's huge rural population -- most of which is struggling for survival in extreme poverty.

In a statement today (Thursday), the agency said Afghanistan's vital irrigation systems, which once nourished the country's dominant fruit-growing industry, are in complete ruin. The agency also says thousands of hectares of prime farmlands have been seeded with landmines and are currently out of production.

Relief officials say they will immediately begin to distribute 15-hundred tons of wheat seed to northern Afghan farmers for spring planting. They also announced plans to distribute nearly two thousand tons of animal feed and vaccination supplies to the region.

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