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TF Centurion (136 MEB). This briefing located at: TBD. Ag Brief. Nature: Brief C6 on Effects Ag Strategy Agenda: Assumptions Research Kabul Province Strategy Summary Time: 1630-1730 Outcome: Gain C6 concurrence/guidance of agriculture way ahead. NATO.

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tf centurion 136 meb
TF Centurion (136 MEB)

This briefing located at: TBD

ag brief
Ag Brief

Nature: Brief C6 on Effects Ag Strategy

Agenda: Assumptions


Kabul Province



Time: 1630-1730

Outcome: Gain C6 concurrence/guidance of agriculture way ahead.



Sun-dried on ground

Kishmish Khana (exp.)

Jui –earth trellis

“T” trellis

afghanistan top five ag exports
Afghanistan Top Five Ag Exports

2010 Ranked by value

  • Raisins
  • Sesame seed
  • Almonds shelled
  • Other melons
  • Pistachios

Raisins have been either #1 or usually a top 5 rank for 50 years.

kabul province
Kabul Province

2008 Crop Production

Almond $8 M

Apple $18 M

Grape $185 M

assumptions validated
Assumptions Validated

Sun-dried on ground

Kishmish Khana (exp.)

Jui –no trellis

“T” trellis

usg agriculture strategy 2009
USG Agriculture Strategy (2009)
  • Increase agriculture sector jobs and incomes
    • Increase agricultural productivity
    • Regenerate Agribusiness
    • Rehabilitate watersheds and improve irrigation
  • Increased confidence of Afghans in their government
    • Increase MAIL capacity to deliver services to rural farmers, herders and promote the private sector
what if 5 annual production growth
What if 5% Annual Production Growth?

Assume Constant



distribute t trellising
Distribute “T” Trellising
  • concrete posts
  • steel cross arms
  • wire
  • local production
  • proven method
  • high demand
  • $1,500 materials-only per 1 jerib (.5 acre) (2009 price)
    • Per jerib: 150 trellis posts, cross bars, wire, misc.
  • $500,000 buys 333 jeribs grape trellising (166 acre)
  • Annual grape yield from 333 jeribs after 4 years= 1,200 MT = $600,000 value
  • $1 million in two Kabul City trellis projects
    • 666 jeribs new trellised vineyards (333 acres)
    • 4 years later after vines are full producing
      • 2400 MT grapes annual farm-gate value = $1.2 million
        • Dried becomes 532 MT sun-dried raisins per year
          • Farm-gate raisin annual value = $266,000
          • 8.5% increase in Tabasom Company Volume
    • 1 trellised jerib grapes/raisins increases farmer income $1800/$800per year.
ag conop conclusions
AG – ConOp Conclusions
  • Questions?
  • Effects-Agriculture requests tentative commitment of $1 million CERP for two trellis distribution projects for Kabul City area.
  • With Commander’s approval, Agriculture will continue to work with Kabul area grape and raisin stakeholders to develop outlined capacity building trellis distribution concept into CERP projects.
questions approach
Questions & Approach
  • How do we both control the materials for the "T" Trellising so our money is spent wisely (and the material is not pilfered) and empower MAIL and the local farmer? Who is the intermediary? The NGOs?
    • Under separate CERP contract, use local national technical SME hired by us to a) assist MAIL in execution, b) oversee manufacturing and distribution of materials, c) monitoring and evaluation.
    • Project to be setup as "remote control" project management, with critical juncture US inspections.
  • 2) How long will take to recoup the $1500 investment / per farm?
    • $1500 in trellis materials for 1 jerib vineyard, after 4 years, with average prices and production will yield per year either $1,800 in 3600kg grapes, or $400 in 800kg raisins, if the grower cannot sell the fresh grapes.
new raisin assumptions
New Raisin Assumptions

Open Gable Trellis System

Kishmish Khanas in Kabul?

Shundukhani trials?

Test Dried-on-Vine Method

more low hanging fruit
More “Low-Hanging” Fruit
  • Distribute cold-frames (greenhouses)
  • Alfalfa baling demonstrations
  • Setup educational exchange for grape and raisin entrepreneurs to California
  • Distribute fruit and nut trees to farmers
  • City Park Design Contest
  • Build Kishmish Khanas (grape drying)
  • Distribute trellising in other Kabul Districts
maaws a march 2012
MAAWS-A March 2012
  • Authorized Uses of CERP – (Broad)
    • Agriculture: Projects to increase agricultural production or cooperative agricultural programs. This category includes irrigation systems.
    • Education
    • Food Production & Distribution