News: Kansas ADT III sponsors agriculture course
LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Members of the Kansas Agribusiness Development Team III, participated in the completion ceremony for a course in Applied Agriculture and Animal Science in Mehtar Lam, Afghanistan, May 5.
The ceremony was the culminating event for an 11-week course focusing on numerous practical agricultural technologies and techniques that bring the academics from the classroom to the field.
“We have already studied the academic theory of agriculture through Nangarhar University,” said Noorzamir, student. “This course was a good, practical application of those things.”
“More than 80 percent of all Afghans base their livelihood on agriculture,” said one student, Moneerah Mad. “I’m learning these techniques here so I can go and teach them to other villages.”
This course, taught by agricultural professionals sponsored by the Kansas ADT III with the cooperation of the director of the Department of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock of Laghman province and the Nangarhar University, is vital to the future agricultural growth of the province, according to the ADT.
“I have great hope for the future of Afghanistan because of students like these,” said U.S. Army Col. Howard E. Wheeler, commander of the Kansas ADT, from Manhattan, Kan.
Many of these students, scheduled to graduate from Nangarhar University in the next month with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture, are looking to the future with plans on pursuing their master’s degrees and moving into governance to better serve the people of Afghanistan.
“This course is a gateway for the young agricultural students to get into the agricultural community through the director of agriculture, irrigation, and livestock,” said Dr. Eric Grant, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s senior agricultural expert with the Kansas ADT. “These students are the future agricultural leaders of Afghanistan.”
“I want to get a Master of Science degree in agriculture, and through it I can serve my country,” said Mitayyeb. “I’m trying to get even more information, maybe even be a doctor in agriculture so I can better serve my country and my people.”
Applied Agriculture and Animal Science courses like this, conducted throughout the country with guidance from organizations like the Kansas ADT will continue to graduate students. With the majority of Afghanistan’s livelihood based in agriculture, the graduating students can immediately apply their knowledge once their coursework is complete.
“These students have an enormous amount of opportunity for those that have the knowledge and daring to [seize] it,” said Wheeler.