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Afghanistan Requests UN Assistance to Stockpile Wheat Amid Drought Fears

Afghanistan has requested support from the United Nations (UN) in response to growing fears over drought in the war-torn country, according to media sources.

Shivam Dwivedi
Agri Ministry has forwarded plan to cabinet to designate purchase budget of 100,000 tonnes of wheat for emergency scenarios
Agri Ministry has forwarded plan to cabinet to designate purchase budget of 100,000 tonnes of wheat for emergency scenarios

According to the Afghan news agency, the chamber of agriculture and livestock has requested assistance from the UN, which will help Afghanistan strengthen its economy.

Most importantly, Afghanistan's economy was flipped upside down following the Taliban's takeover of the country in August 2021. Since then, the country has been in the grip of a serious humanitarian catastrophe, with inhabitants living in deplorable conditions.

Mirwais Hajizada, Deputy Head of Afghanistan's chamber of agriculture and livestock, stated, "The international community and other countries must support Afghanistan under the current circumstances."

In response to the growing food crisis, Musbahuhddin Mustaeen, a spokeswoman for the Taliban-led agriculture ministry, stated, "The ministry of agriculture has forwarded the plan to the cabinet to designate the purchase budget of 100,000 tonnes of wheat for emergency scenarios."

Despite receiving humanitarian help from around the world, Afghanistan's poverty, starvation, and unemployment rates remain at all-time highs.

Addressing Afghanistan's dilemma, an analyst, Qutbuddin Yaqubi remarked, "Afghanistan requires six to eight million metric tonnes of wheat every year. Thankfully, over five million metric tonnes of it comes from home sources, with the remainder coming from international sources," according to media sources. Discrimination against more than half of the country's population continues to impede Afghanistan's development.

The Taliban gained control of Afghanistan in August 2021 and established laws severely restricting people's fundamental rights, particularly those of women and girls.

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