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03 Dec 2003 description

WASHINGTON, Dec.3, 2003 - Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman today announced plans for $115 million in foreign assistance under the U.S. Department of Agriculture's fiscal 2004 Food for Progress program. These allocations include donations for 22 developing countries in Africa, Asia (including Central Asia), Latin America and Eastern Europe.

15 Oct 2003 description

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2003 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced that it will donate 5,040 metric tons of U.S.

18 Sep 2003 description

KABUL - (September 18, 2003) This morning, U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) Director Thelma J. Askey announced an Industrial Capacity and Market Development Initiative for Afghanistan, which will help develop local private sector capacity in manufacturing, assembly and services, and will support the country's efforts to improve its physical infrastructure and human resource base. The result will be a joint effort, on the part of the Afghan and U.S. Governments and private sectors, to expand trade and further solidify the underpinnings of the Afghan economic base.

13 Jun 2003 description

According to USDA's latest official forecasts, released June 11, 2003, Afghanistan is projected to produce a record wheat crop this year based on favorable weather and reported increases in planted area.

Growing Season Summary

Weather

The growing season began last September with some optimism following the previous season's recovery in wheat production after several year's of drought. Improved weather has continued into this season ending drought conditions in the northern part of the country.

27 Feb 2003 description


Heavy rain and snow fell from February 14 through February 17, 2003 providing widespread relief to Afghanistan and causing flooding in some areas. Additional rainfall this past week was concentrated in the northeast portion of the country. However, estimated seasonal precipitation remains far below normal but better than last year for much of Afghanistan. Regional rainfall deficits are greatest in the southern and western regions where long-term drought persists.