Farmers Celebrate Pomegranate Harvest in Afghanistan

Posted by Nicole Nucelli
November 23, 2011
Afghan Pomegranate Seller Arranges Product

Video:Farmer to Farmer -- Arghandab Pomegranates

A bountiful harvest is something that both ancient cultures like Afghanistan and newer cultures like the United States pause to appreciate. This Thanksgiving, we celebrate a harvest that resulted from the work of two peoples from very different cultures. We thought we would share an interesting and vibrant video about this year's successful pomegranate harvest, which features an American farmer from California who is working with pomegranate farmers in southern Afghanistan. Historically known for its delicious pomegranates, Afghanistan is now slowly re-entering the world agriculture stage with this sweet and juicy fruit, now increasingly popular and known in the United States.

A picture -- or in this case -- a video says a thousand words. So from Kabul we say to you: enjoy the video, and Happy Thanksgiving!



United States
November 25, 2011

Zharkov in the U.S.A. writes:

You've got two wasteful wars that had little to do with defending Western civilization.

The eight-year Iraq war cost a cool $1 trillion and today Iran has more influence in Baghdad than the United States with an embassy staff of 1,400.

The Afghan war, including fiscal 2012, will have cost $557 billion, more than half a trillion dollars. Keeping one U.S. soldier in Afghanistan - the longest war in U.S. history - is running a tad more than $1 million a year.

Billions have vanished into the offshore accounts of U.S. and foreign contractors. In Iraq, an estimated $6.6 billion is unaccounted for.

To power anything at a remote outpost, a gallon of fuel has to be shipped into Karachi, Pakistan, and driven 800 miles in an 18-day trek to Afghanistan on roads that are sometimes little more than improved goat trails.

There are frequent ambushes by Pakistani bandits or Taliban guerrillas who impose "tolls" - and occasionally blow up tankers so others get the message.

In his speech at the Woodrow Wilson Center think tank, in a packed Reagan Center auditorium, Panetta said the Pentagon would save $60 billion over the next five years from general budget efficiencies, which would be added to the $150 billion in cuts decided by his predecessor, Robert Gates.

Some $210 billion in savings doesn't come close to what's really needed.

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the F-22 will most probably be the last manned jet fighters in the U.S. Air Force. Drones, pilotless bombers, even pilotless fighter aircraft, will be displacing conventional jet aircraft over the next 25 years.

Robotic warfare wasn't mentioned by Panetta. It ushers in a revolutionary change in war fighting. Drones can be launched from below decks in a cargo freighter flying a Panamanian flag. And these ground-hugging war machines could be carrying bioweapons and designed to crash into major coastal cities, from Boston to New York, Baltimore, Miami, New Orleans, San Diego, Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Seattle.

Looking for savings in defense spending, Afghanistan looms larger than any weapons system. After 10 years of warfare, few noticed that the original objective to destroy al-Qaida morphed seamlessly into a war against the Taliban, which was never the objective of our NATO allies.

A befuddled U.S. public wants out now. But plans to turn the war over to a U.S.-trained Afghan army keep U.S. troops fighting until the end of 2014.

Defying a decade of narcotics suppression, Afghan heroin killed an estimated 10,000 people in NATO countries last year, a senior U.N. drug official said. And Afghanistan, under U.S. tutelage and various eradication experiments, produces more than 90 percent of the world's most dangerous narcotic, heroin.

Even if Congress and public opinion were behind the quest for victory and funds to make it happen, Afghanistan is a lost cause. But those essential ingredients are definitely missing.

So far, this government has avoided dialog with the public about the Afghan war. But men and women are dying there each and every day. And the Vietnam syndrome is ticking.

Daniel N.
Minnesota, USA
January 1, 2012

Daniel N. in Minnesota writes:

I would like to mentor agribusinesses and SME's in Afghanistan.I currently mentor 20+ ents. in 14 countries but cannot find any requests for Afghanistan.I have many Afghan friends onFB but most are busy with womens social issues.Do you have any advice?


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