Afghan gov't sets up land authority to ease land management

20:37, October 12, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

In efforts to revive economy and promote agricultural development in the war-shattered Afghanistan, the Afghan government has set up a new land department - Afghanistan Land Authority, to coordinate land issues and ease land management across the country, Chief Executive Officer of the newly established body said Tuesday.

"Afghanistan Land Authority planned to launch a survey and register over 25,000 hectares of land in the next one year and with issuing new regulations will make it easy for private sector and farmers to rent the public lands across the country and invest, " Ahmad Shaheer Shahriar told a news conference here.

"In the current regulations it took a farmer or agriculture firm six to 12 months and over 50 signatures were needed to rent a piece of public land to invest but with the new rules a farmer or invester would finish the procedures in only six weeks," he stated.

He also said the authority is tasked to fight with powerful individuals who have illigally occupied thousands of hectares of governmen land in the country.

In Afghanistan there is 8 million hectare arable and if brought under cultivation the country's economy and agricultural products would be considerablty improved, he further said.

However, the three decades of war have had a devastating impact on Afghan agricultural sector, a country with over 80 percent of population relying on agricultural product.

Source: Xinhua


  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Chinese Navy soldiers hold an evening party marking the upcoming 62nd National Day aboard Chinese Navy hospital ship "Peace Ark" in the Pacific on Sept. 28, 2011. The Chinese National Day falls on Oct. 1. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 30, 2011 shows the crowd at the plaza of Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, capital of China. The railway transportation witnessed a travel peak with the approach of the seven-day National Day holidays on Friday. (Xinhua)
  • A man wearing high-heel shoes takes part in the 3rd annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, an event when men literally walk in women's shoes to raise awareness about ending violence against women, at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto, Canada, Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua/Zou Zheng)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 29, 2011 shows a cargo ship in danger on the sea near Zhuhai City, south China's Guangdong Province. Cargo ship Fangzhou 6 of Qingzhou of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region lost control after water stormed into its cabin due to Typhoon Nesat on the sea near Zhuhai Thursday, leaving 12 crew members in danger. Rescuers rushed to the ship and saved them by using a helicopter. (Xinhua)
  • Actress Gong Li poses for L'Officiel Magazine. (Xinhua Photo)
  • Demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street campaign hold placards as they march in the financial district of New York September 29, 2011. After hundreds of protesters were denied access to some areas outside the New York Stock Exchange on September 17, demonstrators set up a rag-tag camp three blocks away. Zuccotti Park is a campground festooned with placards and anti-Wall Street slogans. The group is adding complaints of excessive police force against protesters and police treatment of ethnic minorities and Muslims to its grievances list, which includes bank bailouts, foreclosures and high unemployment. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
Hot Forum Discussion