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Afghan agribusiness development delegation tours Dairy Center
Borlaug400 Afghan agribusiness development delegation.

Tarleton State University

May 10, 2011

STEPHENVILLE, Texas-A delegation of Afghan governmental and university representatives visited Tarleton's new Southwest Regional Dairy Center on Monday as part of a two-week agricultural and governance exchange program established by the U.S. Army and Texas National Guard, and supported by The Texas A&M University System.

Welcoming the Afghan delegation, which consisted of provincial and district-level governmental leaders, a student from the University of Ghanzi, as well as an Afghan journalist from Tolo.TV, were Tarleton President Dr. F. Dominic Dottavio, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Karen Murray, Dairy Center Director Dr. Barry Lambert, and Dr. Don Cawthon, dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Afghan delegation members included Sultan Abdul Hossain, Ghazni director for the Directorate of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, and Zafar Sharif, governor of the Jaghori district of Ghazni.

The visit was organized by the Task Force White Eagle - Ghanzi Agribusiness Development Team with funding provided by the U.S. Department of State through the auspices of the U.S. Embassy's Public Affairs Section in Kabul, Afghanistan. Prior to the delegation's tour in Stephenville, the group made stops in Washington, D.C., Austin and at Texas A&M University in College Station.

During their visit to the U.S. the delegation was hosted by representatives of Agribusiness Development Team IV and the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture, located on the Texas A&M campus in College Station. "Visits like these are important to mutual understanding and to get a much more in-depth view of the issues and challenges facing agricultural sectors of other countries," said Dr. Ed Price, director of the Borlaug Institute. "We've had visits from delegations from other countries where we're helping them help themselves through our international agriculture programs other work being done by the Texas A&M System. Experience has shown that both sides benefit greatly from such exchanges."

Following their stop in Stephenville, the delegation traveled to Dublin where they visited Sierra Dairy, a 4,200-cow operation managed by Alan Vander Horst, the producer-operator selected for the Southwest Regional Dairy Center.

"We were pleased to work with the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture in hosting visitors from Afghanistan," said Cawthon. "As the Afghan people attempt to improve their food production and security, an understanding of available technologies and management strategies is important. Erath County was the right choice to see state-of-the-art dairy production facilities."


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