Agricultural Conference Brings Partners Together

Story by: Lt. Col Chris Wooten
(CTZ Public Affairs)

Lt. Colonel Roger L. Beekman, ADT LNO, CJ9, CJTF-101 for RC East, addresses ADT Commanders and other U.S. Military attendees during a breakout session at Camp Integrity on the first day of the conference in order to discuss current and future ADT dispositions and operations.
Zabul, Afghanistan – “Work hard, work fast and work together because together we win” were part of the opening remarks by the Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), Minister Rahimi, at the Joint American Afghanistan National Agriculture Conference held at the Serena Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan on Nov 28. Minister Rahimi’s remarks set the tone for all the more than 350 attendees which included U.S. Ambassador Eikenberry, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary Darci Vetter, newly appointed Agriculture Czar for Afghanistan, Dr. Jim Butler, Provincial Directors of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (DAILs) from all of Afghanistan’s 34 Provinces, the nine U.S. Army National Guard‘s Agribusiness Development Teams (ADTs), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) representatives serving on various Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs), members of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), and employees of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Representing Zabul Province were the DAIL of Zabul, Bismullah Harifal, and his Deputy, Hamidullah. For Zabul’s ADT from the Arkansas National Guard, Agricultural Specialists First Lieutenant Addison Taylor, Air Force Master Sergeant Paul Fair, and Sergeant Eric Holcomb were in attendance. Additionally, Zabul’s USDA Representative, Mr. Christophe Greco of the Zabul PRT and Lt. Col. Chris Wooten representing Combined Team Zabul and 2d Stryker Cavalry Regiment, were also in attendance.

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