SARAI Program Sheyenne Seeds Arrive in Afghanistan for Spring Planting

first_imgAfter traveling over 7,000 miles from Albert Lea, Minn., 68.5 metric tons (2,498 bushels) of Sheyenne seeds arrived at Bangram Airfield in Afghanistan and are being delivered to the Shelter for Life facility.The seeds started their journey back on Feb. 1, when they left the Albert Lea Seed House to be planted by over 5,000 subsistence farmers, including approximately 500 women, in Afghanistan. Through the USDA’s Food for Progress Program, WISHH and its partners have established Afghanistan’s first commercial soybean value-chain.The farmers will sell the resulting crop to Afghanistan’s first soybean processing business that the USDA-funded project established. The facility also processes U.S. soybeans, which creates a steady supply to meet the growing demand for soy protein for humans and livestock in Afghanistan.Special thanks to Col. Howard Shauer, who helped facilitate shipment through the U.S. Department of Defense Denton Program, which provided free air transportation for the seed shipment. Sheyenne seeds are unloaded at the Shelter for Life facility after arriving at Bangram Airfield. (WISHH photo)last_img

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