Next Article in Journal
Ommatissus lybicus Infestation in Relation to Spatial Characteristics of Date Palm Plantations in Oman
Next Article in Special Issue
Response of the Durum Wheat Cultivar Um Qais (Triticum turgidum subsp. durum) to Salinity
Previous Article in Journal
Agricultural Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services of Major Farming Systems: A Case Study in Yayo Coffee Forest Biosphere Reserve, Southwestern Ethiopia
Article

Current Situation and Sustainable Development of Rice Cultivation and Production in Afghanistan

1
Graduate school for International Development and Cooperation, Hiroshima University, Hiroshima 739-8529, Japan
2
Faculty of Agriculture, Nangarhar University, Nangarhar 2601, Afghanistan
3
Faculty of Agriculture, Badghis University, Badghis 3166, Afghanistan
4
Faculty of Agriculture, Takhar University, Takhar 3702, Afghanistan
5
Nguyen Tat Thanh University, Ho Chi Minh City 702000, Vietnam
*
Authors to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 5 January 2019 / Revised: 22 February 2019 / Accepted: 1 March 2019 / Published: 7 March 2019
Poverty is a critical issue that is stagnating the development of Afghanistan. In 2007, more than 42% of the population of the country was reported as being below the poverty line, but until 2014, 78.2% of households even in the urban areas were still dealing with food shortages. The agriculture sector is the backbone of the country’s economy and contributes as the key sector to the revival of the well-being of people in Afghanistan. Rice is the second staple crop after wheat and plays a key role in food security, nutrition, and caloric intake. However, Afghan farmers have suffered from the low quality of grains and yield which has resulted in the serious malnutrition which is occurring in the country. Insufficient breeding techniques for new rice cultivars with high yield and acceptable quality, mismanagement of agronomical practices, and unprogressive milling and processing thus can satisfy only 50% of the country’s demand. Accordingly, Afghanistan has been compelled to import a huge annual amount of milled rice from Pakistan, India, and Iran. Although active efforts have been made by the government, research institutes, and international collaboration on rice research, production, and agricultural credits during the last 10 years, the deficit of milled rice in Afghanistan in 2018 is estimated to be 270,250 metric tons. This paper highlights the current situation of rice production in Afghanistan and suggests solutions for food security and sustainability in rice production to promote farmers’ income, consequently strengthening the country’s economy. View Full-Text
Keywords: rice; Afghanistan; cultivation; grain quality; poverty; processing; production; sustainability rice; Afghanistan; cultivation; grain quality; poverty; processing; production; sustainability
Show Figures

Figure 1

MDPI and ACS Style

Kakar, K.; Xuan, T.D.; Haqani, M.I.; Rayee, R.; Wafa, I.K.; Abdiani, S.; Tran, H.-D. Current Situation and Sustainable Development of Rice Cultivation and Production in Afghanistan. Agriculture 2019, 9, 49. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/agriculture9030049

AMA Style

Kakar K, Xuan TD, Haqani MI, Rayee R, Wafa IK, Abdiani S, Tran H-D. Current Situation and Sustainable Development of Rice Cultivation and Production in Afghanistan. Agriculture. 2019; 9(3):49. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/agriculture9030049

Chicago/Turabian Style

Kakar, Kifayatullah, Tran D. Xuan, Mohammad I. Haqani, Ramin Rayee, Imran K. Wafa, Saidajan Abdiani, and Hoang-Dung Tran. 2019. "Current Situation and Sustainable Development of Rice Cultivation and Production in Afghanistan" Agriculture 9, no. 3: 49. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/agriculture9030049

Find Other Styles
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Back to TopTop