Marble Association along with brochures for eight eastern region marble producers. Eastern region marble producers are making a great push to increase their capacity to export the region’s finished marble. As part of this, the marble association signed an MOU with ASMED to implement a comprehensive plan to improve Afghan marble processing for exports of finished marble. Part of the plan required marble producers to improve their marketing capacity and to create linkages to marble importers. A website was created in order to help with international marketing efforts. The site can be found at http://www.afghanimarble.com/
West The province of Herat hosted a 4-day Agriculture Fair November 16 – 19, organized by USAID/ASAP, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, and Afghan International Chamber of Commerce (AICC). ASMED sponsored six companies from Herat to attend and the Eastern Regional office sponsored five. Noted successes for the eastern region businesses:
Sabawoon Feed Mill was able to make its first sales to Herat farmers and feed dealers from contacts made at this fair. Sabawoon is now sending several tons of feed to Herat monthly.
A contract of 1000 m2 marble per meter was signed with Bradaran Mujadedee Marble Factory. A second contract was signed with Bradaran Mujadedee Marble Factory to provide teachers to Sahil Marble & Chips Factory in Jalalabad to train their laborers to use the new machinery.
Javid Afghan Tractor & Machinery Production Co. (a producer of small farm equipment) sold one small tractor to a local company.
ASMED sponsored three Herat based companies from the Afghanistan International Freight Forwarders Companies Association to attend a transportation conference in Dubai.
North On the 29th – 30th October 2007, an estimated 5,000+ regional visitors attended the first Badakhshan Agricultural Fair, hosted by Afghanistan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) and funded by the USAID. The fair was held in the newly restored National Olympic Committee Football Field in Faizabad, with space for 100 exhibitors representing government departments, private businesses, traders, NGOs, and business associations from all over Badakhshan province. The aim of the fair was to provide an opportunity for the wide-scale dissemination of new agricultural technologies and to create a forum for local farmers and entrepreneurs to form new market linkages. The Enterprise Development Project team (EDP) supported ten entrepreneurs and representatives of four associations that benefit from ASMED support to exhibit at the Fair. The participation of ASMED beneficiaries had the following three major impacts for the project in the region:
ASMED QUARTERLY REPORT
OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2007