VALLEY, Nebraska, USA (January 15, 2010) — Afghanistan is no stranger to the world food and water crises. Building a sustainable agricultural sector is a crucial link in developing the Afghani economy and reducing poverty in one of the world’s least developed countries. To help create this link, Kabul University, in conjunction with the Noor Agro Group, USAID, and Valmont, completed a project focused on learning about and implementing center pivot precision irrigation machines in Afghani farming operations. Seminars were held for over 100 agronomy students, which concentrated on how modern irrigation works, and how it can affect crop yield and conserve resources. Participating students will share their newfound knowledge with their families and neighboring farmers; the university will bring growers to the pivot to learn hands-on how modern irrigation and operations function.
The project was funded by the Afghani Noor Agro Group and USAID’s Accelerating Sustainable Agriculture Program (ASAP); the water infrastructure setup and machine installation was supported by a Valmont Irrigation dealer. In October 2009, Kabul University erected the first center pivot mechanized irrigation machine in Afghanistan, a great technological milestone in Afghani agriculture.
The installation of one Valley center pivot on a 2,2-hectare (5.5-acre) self-contained cooperative farming demonstration field not only illustrates a potential great leap forward for Afghani agricultural practices, but also demonstrates Valmont’s commitment to preserving scarce water resources while increasing food production in developing and Third World nations. With the assembly of this Valley center pivot comes the possibility to share valuable modern irrigation information throughout the country.
With the goal of being the world leader in efficient use of water for agriculture, Valmont Irrigation has been recognized globally as the leader in sales, service, quality, and technological expansion since its founding. This Nebraska, USA-based company remains dedicated to providing novel solutions now and well into the future. For more information on how Valmont Irrigation continues to assist in the global conservation of water through various endeavors, log on to www.valleyirrigation.com.