Tabasum Sharqi (left) opens a book she received for graduating at the top of her Fatima Girls High School class at a ceremony held at the Kunar Department of Women’s (click for more)
Soldiers from the Polish Army and the Texas National Guard Agribusiness Development Team-IV check their shot grouping during qualification on the Polish AK-74 5.56 mm Mini-Beryl short assault rifle Feb. (click for more)
U.S. Army Soldiers from Company B, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Task Force Duke, play an impromptu game of volleyball against a team (click for more)
Dr. Mehirulla Muslim, the Nurgaram District subgovernor, addresses an audience of teachers, government officials and citizens during a ceremony to celebrate a completed solar panel electricity project Feb. 21 in (click for more)
U.S. Army Spc. Raheem Stewart, an automations specialist with TF Phoenix, steps along the rafters of the building his team helped wire for communications. Stewart, from Dallas, was one of (click for more)
An Afghan National Army soldier from Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 201st Infantry Regiment, searches a pile of rocks in the courtyard of a high-value target home outside the village of (click for more)
U.S. Army Capt. Nicole Zupka of Fair Lawn, N.J., a battlewatch captain with Combined Joint Task Force-Paladin, helps an Afghan child with her writing skills during female engagement team training (click for more)
LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Army soldiers move through Kharwar District to prevent the Taliban’s freedom of movement Feb. 12. U.S. and Afghan soldiers braved more than 3 feet (click for more)
Kentucky Agribusiness Development Team II members, U.S. Army Spc. Justin Allen (left), a London, Ky., native, and U.S. Army Sgt. Nicholas Combs, a Corbin, Ky., native, get to know a (click for more)
KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Approximately 120 farmers packed a room at the Agricultural Compound in the Kunar Province capital March 31 to celebrate Farmer’s Day, an event underwritten by the Iowa National Guard’s 734th Agribusiness Development Team.
Kunar Province Gov. Haji Sayed Fazlullah Wahidi gave the keynote speech at the event in Asadabad. During his speech, Wahidi ran down a long list of development activities in Kunar and singled out the ADT for its role in improving agriculture in Kunar.
“With the ADT’s help, we have planted 50,000 jeribs (27,400 acres) of trees, both fruit and non-fruit trees, in the last several months,” Wahidi said. “We have also vaccinated many thousands of livestock and farmers are learning better techniques at the demonstration farms the ADT has built.”
The event culminated with the distribution of farm tools, urea fertilizer, saplings and orchard education workbooks to the farmers who attended the event, including Shereen, a small farmer from the Sarkani District. Shereen expressed gratitude for the farm supplies, which he said would have cost him a lot of money.
Shereen said he also applauded the American presence in Kunar.
“It’s good the Americans are here,” he said. “They have done so much to help us with agriculture, and they are helping us rebuild Kunar. The Americans even built the roads here.”
The ADT spent a little more than $3,000 to provide the farm supplies to the Farmer’s Day attendees. U.S. Army Col. Craig Bargfrede of Ankeny, Iowa, ADT commander, emphasized that the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan distributed the supplies.
“We really don’t want the credit for getting these materials into the hands of the farmers here,” Bargfrede said. “We’re building the capacity of the government to provide agricultural services to the citizens in Kunar and, in the future, we would hope this is the kind of thing the provincial government will be able to do on its own.”
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