5 Mar 2007

PR# 2007-147

Military and Provincial leaders discuss agricultural growth

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – Yesterday, U.S. National Guard Director Lt. Gen. Clyde Vaughn met with Kandahar Deputy Governor Dr. Ghulam Jelani Hamaun and other agencies to discuss avenues of agricultural growth within Kandahar Province.

Among local agencies in attendance were the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Water, Chamber of Commerce, and provincial farmers who have worked with Roots for Peace, a non-governmental organization whose goal is to transform de-mined land into thriving farmlands and communities.

“Somewhere there is a profitable linkage between our citizen soldiers and your partners. We are here to explore that and listen and try to learn,” Vaughn said. “We come from a large community of farmers and we understand that when a community has a bad year farming, everybody has a bad year,” he noted.

Also present to offer insight into potential farmland growth were Maj. Gen. King Sidwell, Adjutant General of the Missouri National Guard, as well as retired Command Sgt. Maj. Paul LePage, with the Missouri Farm Bureau Federation.

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