Commercial Horticulture and Agricultural Marketing Program (CHAMP)

Commercial Horticulture and Agricultural Marketing Program (CHAMP)

Donor: USAID
Budget: Approximately $35million with $4.5million contributed by participants
Duration: 4 Year (Feb 2010-Jan 2014)
Locations:

Region Province Key Crops
Southern Region Kandahar, Helmand,
Zabul, Urozgan
grape, pomegranate,
Apricot and Plum
Eastern Region Nangarhar, Laghman, Kunar Citrus, Apricot, Pomegranate & apple
Southeast Region Ghazni, Logar, Wardak,
Paktya, Paktyka, Khost
Apple, Apricot, Cherry, Grape, prune
Central Region Bamyan, Kabul and
Parwan
Apple, apricot

 

Status: On going

Objective:
To increase farmers’ incomes by assisting them to up-grade from annual crops to perennial horticultural crops, supporting the Government’s Master Plan for Agriculture

Components
Expand Fruit and Nut Production

  • Assist farmers install new 7,800ha of new orchards of almonds, apricots, pomegranate, citrus, etc.

A. Expand grape production

  • By assisting farmers to install new vineyards and to install trellising in existing vineyards: 1,330ha.

B. Marketing to assist farmers and merchants in expanding export
Achievements to date

  • 200 farmers received required tools of wooden sticks, harvest baskets and tarpaulins, and were trained on proper harvesting, drying, handling and packing of mulberries from Estalif district. 22 MT were exported to Canada.
  • Assist the merchants on visit international markets in Dubai and India.
  • Providing the opportunity for the merchants to participate in India International Trade Fair Exhibition.
  • 87.5MT of grapes from Afghanistan were exported to Karachi and Islamabad markets with CHAMP subsidy 341.5MT exported by CHAMP participating merchants without CHAMP subsidy.
  • The first ever pomegranate shipments were sent to Holland and Canada via land, under sea cold chain system with 2 shipments of 32 MT each.
  • 333 Ghorband Valley farmers were trained on proper apricot drying techniques using the improved methods of sulfur drying.
  • The first ever shipment of 7.5MT of grapes from Kandahar were transported via reefer truck through Pakistan to reach the Delhi market.

 

On-going activities

  • Assisting the fresh fruit merchants to receive the Global GAP certification.
  • Assisting MAERSK Transport Company to establish their branch and reefer truck service center.
  • Working with ACE and Pashtani Bank on merchant’s credit program.
  • Assist the merchants on fresh apricot trail shipments to Dubai, Karachi and Indian markets under cold chain system.
  • Apply the mulberry , grape, apple, pomegranate and apricot value chains approach to improve the product quality, grading, packing, packaging, pre-cooling, transporting and marketing of grapes, apricots, apples and pomegranates in new international markets and/or will expand marketing in export channels that we have recently developed.
  • Train the farmers on the improved method of raisin solar drying program.
  • Train the farmers on the improved method of apricot sulfur drying program.
  • Establish post harvest trainings for the farmers engaged with grapes and pomegranate products.
  • Assist the merchants
  • Introduce vineyard screen in Afghanistan
  • Introduce the mechanism of electric sorting and grading tables.
  • Introduce women’s programs of kitchen gardens and backyard poultry

Progress/ Achievements
Commercial fruit new orchards

  • 3,572 hectares of Orchards established for 11,425 farmers to improve the socio economic status of rural farmer’s communities in program target areas.
  • Trained 11,425 farmers on land preparation, layout and planting techniques.
  • Expand Grape production(Vineyard trellising):
  • 30 Ha Vineyard trellised to 150 farmers to improve quality of grape harvest through grape trellising.
  • Trained 150 farmers on trellis installation and management.
  • Marketing to assist farmers and merchants to expand exports
  • Women’s programs (kitchen gardens and poultry)
  • 250 Kitchen gardening plot has established to enhance woman’s role in food production- specifically the development of their skills and economic contribution to their family needs.
  • 125 poultry units have established to enhance woman’s role in food production- specifically the development of their skills and economic contribution to their family needs.

Challenges

  • Security is a challenge and getting worse in the targeted provinces.
  • Free Agricultural inputs distribution and different subsidy rates.

Recommendations

  • MAIL has to take lead in determining farmer contribution percentage and facilitate coordination between organizations and companies who are working in Agriculture sector.