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Afghans Would Rather Farm Than Fight

Afghans would rather be farmers than fighters, the U. S. agriculture secretary said Feb. 3, highlighting a U. S. focus on farming jobs to lure people from the battlefield and curtail the opium trade. Separate from the Afghan-led reintegration plan announced by President Hamid Karzai at a conference in London recently, Washington sees its agriculture

Agriculture Key To Stabilizing Afghanistan

Rebuilding agriculture can boost confidence in Afghanistan’s fragile government and pull farmers away from the drug money that fuels the Taliban insurgency, the U. S. agriculture chief said Jan. 10. The Obama administration sees agriculture as the biggest non-security priority in Afghanistan, said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, as he arrived in Kabul for a three-day