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North Project: Balkh Milk Processing Plant Budget: $57,697 Type of grant: Open

  • ASMED contributed to a program to build and equip a new dairy processing plant for the BLDU in Shirabad village. The grant from ASMED covered approximately 10% of the equipment costs, the costs of having the Encon engineers to Mazar to install the equipment and train the operators, and the cost of purchasing a 60KVA generator to be used for running the plant. The construction of plant is complete and work started in September.

  • This project has created jobs for 9 young dairy farmers (received training in dairy plant operation and employed by BLDU) and 650 women farmers (receive weekly cash milk price and cattle management training).

  • This project will benefit 1,500 families. They will receive fresh milk and other dairy products. Six milk collectors and 17 dairy window shops will earn a commission through project.

South Project: Gardez Apple Grower Association Seed Grant, Paktya Province Budget: $9,900 Type of grant: Association Seed Grant

  • Registered Association with Ministry of Justice in Kabul

  • A functioning office is set up for Association

  • IT equipment and furniture were purchased for Association

  • 5 permanent jobs are created

  • Capacity building training was conducted for 50 members of Association that how to take care of apples from beginning up to harvesting time and also spray pumps and trees cutting scissors were provided to members.

Project: Cold Storage Construction in Gardez, Paktya province Budget: $13,000 Type of grant: MDG

  • Cold storage construction, this cold storage unit can hold approximately 25 MT of potatoes or 20 MT of crated apples

  • 20 temporary jobs were created

  • This cold storage facility will benefit around 80 members of Gardez Apples Growers Association

  • At harvest, selection of quality apples destined for storage will take place and those quality apples will be quickly and carefully washed (to avoid unnecessary bruising), crated and then stored to reduce their temperature as quickly as possible

  • 400 plastic crates were purchased in order to keep apples in the cold storage

The following tables provide an overview of grants to date, and grants approved during the 4th quarter, respectively, for the ASMED project.

ASMED QUARTERLY REPORT

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OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2007

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