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MAP 1. Active and non-active research stations in Afghanistan

Research stations

Twenty-eight research stations were covered by the survey, sixteen of which are presently either active in research or in other agricultural activities. The data collected give the exact location and altitude of the research stations, land size, type of prevailing soil and the condition of the irrigation system. It also included information on the main crops grown and the type of ongoing and past technical assistance received from UN agencies.

FIGURE 1. Altitude (m) of research stations in Afghan provinces

FIGURE 2. Size of active research stations (in jeribs) in Afghan districts (February 2003)

FIGURE 3. Main crops grown in Afghan research stations (February 2003)

Nucleus fruit nurseries

Nucleus fruit nurseries represent the main centres of fruit tree multiplication and distribution in the country. The general status of each nursery was assessed, the irrigation system was monitored, and estimates were provided on all different fruit tree species, varieties, the number of trees and their condition.

There are 11 nucleus fruit nurseries in Afghanistan, all of which are located on government land. In the past, all of these nurseries received technical assistance from FAO. Now, the Afghanistan Government with the assistance of FAO intends to re-launch the activities of fruit training and propagation in some of these nucleus nurseries.

The survey indicates the following:

FIGURE 4. The altitude of Afghan nucleus nurseries (m)

FIGURE 5. Natural disasters and manmade calamities that affected the Afghan nucleus nurseries from 1997 to 2002 (in percentage of responses)

MAP 2. Number of fruit species in the nucleus nurseries/district

MAP 3. Nucleus nurseries/districts with the highest number of indigenous varieties of apricot

Private fruit nurseries

Despite the recent civil unrest and drought, 62 percent of the private fruit nurseries are still active (see Map 4). Results of the survey include:

MAP 4. Number of active private fruit nurseries per province

MAP 5. Number of local varieties of apricot in the private nurseries/provinces

MAP 6. Province/private nurseries having species with the highest number of local varieties

MAP 7. Province/private nurseries with the highest number of trees (local varieties) in the stock plant block

MAP 8. Number of trees with the highest number of exotic varieties in the stock plant block of private nurseries/province

MAP 9. Number of trees of exotic varieties of almond in the stock plant block of private nurseries/province

MAP 10. Number of apple trees (exotic varieties) in the stock plant block of private nurseries/province


[1] A jerib is 2 000 square metres, or one-fifth the size of a hectare.

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