JALALABAD CITY, Nangarhar Province – Farming just became a whole lot easier for Enayatullah, 35, a farmer from Surkh Road district, located 13 km outside Jalalabad City.
Enayatullah owns 15 acres of farming land and has recently purchased five new domestically produced threshing machines. “These new machines have really made our work much easier,” he says. “The machines are homemade in Afghanistan, so if they break, we no longer have to wait for a foreign mechanic to come and fix it. Now Afghans can service the equipment ourselves
The local production of agricultural equipment is the result of a move by the Ministry of Commerce and Industries to help enterprises increase skills, technology, and capacity to enable them to compete on domestic and export markets through the Afghanistan New Market Development Project (ANMDP), operated by the funding support from the World Bank.
The ANMDP, launched in May 2011, is a cost-sharing program to support Afghan Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Business Associations with access to Business Development Services (BDS) to enhance their productive capacity and encourage innovation through product and/or market diversification. The Facility for New Market Development (FNMD) as the core window through which firms access assistance, operates in four key cities of the country including Kabul, Mazar-e-Sharif, Jalalabad and Herat. The FNMD helps SMEs and Business Associations to gain market knowledge, improve product quality and processing technologies, and increase their presence in both domestic and export markets. Other FNMD supporting activities include a marketing and communications program, core skills building workshops and supplementary support for developing business plans.