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The visiting Afghan Agriculture Minister, Seyyed Hussein Anwari, has also requested the Union Agriculture Minister, Ajit Singh, for immediate help as the sowing season is about to start.
Assuring Afghanistan of all help, Mr. Singh said the Agriculture Ministry would work out an emergency plan within a week jointly with its Afghan counterparts.
He suggested that Afghanistan send its delegation to visit India's agricultural laboratories and universities to identify its needs for joint cooperation.
India looked forward to a stable and prosperous Afghanistan and would go all out to help it in its endeavour. India had 30,000 farm scientists and researchers and become a food surplus State from a deficit State within a short time. This expertise would be useful for Afghanistan.
The Afghan Minister said the economy of his country, including agriculture, on which 80 per cent people depended, had been seriously damaged following 23 years of war. Rebuilding the agricultural institutions needed over $ 5 billion.
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