The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) is promoting the saffron and soybean farming in Bamiyan province in the center of Afghanistan, the agriculture minister Assadullah Zamir said.

Entrepreneurs and intellectuals from Afghanistan, the UK and China have underlined the need for building rail, road and hydropower connections.

Such projects and investments in infrastructure development would create employment opportunities for the Afghan people, senior officials from the three countries agreed at a seminar in Beijing.

The establishment of around 2,500 poultry farms in eastern Nangarhar provinces has met domestic need and generated thousands of jobs for people.

However, the farm owners complain the government is paying no attention to their business which faces some issues.

Fifty-four percent of the government budget for development activities was utilized last solar year 1395 amid some violations in budget spending and zeroing spending on nearly 23 percent projects, an audit report released on Sunday said.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani says around two to five million tourists will visit Afghanistan annually once the country becomes free from the menace of terrorism.

Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi has expressed his concerns over a descending incomes from the mining industry, urging the relevant government organizations to put in place effective plans in order prevent the “embezzlement” of the mines revenues.

Farmers in northern Balkh province say the municipality has imposed taxes on transportation of their agriculture harvests in areas it has leased out.

The farmers in Char Bolak, Chamtal, Balkh and Dawlat Abad districts said they had to pay taxes at various locations near the provincial capital, Mazae-i-Sharif, on the transfer of their goods to the city.

President Ashraf Ghani on Monday stressed the need for modernizing Afghanistan customs, building its capacity and regional connectivity.

A statement from the Presidential Palace said Ghani made the remarks at a meeting with World Customs Organization (WCO) Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya in the morning.

Thousands of people have illegally started harvesting pistachio nuts from government forests in northern Samangan province before reaching maturity, an official said Saturday.

President Ashraf Ghani in a meeting with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the Presidential Palace on Thursday discussed Afghanistan’s security, peace and economy.