A local view of exploiting mineral reserves

KABUL (Pajhwok): Many Afghans believe the country’s vast mineral wealth continues to be exploited by a limited number of individuals in an unprofessional way. With income from it ending up in private pockets, illegal mining has been a dag on the national exchequer.

Pajhwok Afghan News spoke to a number of residents of different provinces on the issue. Here are some of the views of locals on how the opulent sector should be developed and regulated:

Baghlan province:

Asphyxiation during well digging

All over Afghanistan people mostly use semi-deep wells for getting potable water instead of getting drinking water from pipelines and tube wells.Digging of wells in the country is dangerous and sometime it leads to death.

According to geologists, underground layers have different kinds of gases and welldiggers face multitude of problems during the digging process.

Mining for Economic Revolution

For more than a decade the global community has been struggling to pull Afghanistan out of turmoil and help the war-battered country stands on its own feet, but it seems the struggle is yet to yield enough tangible outcomes.

Besides, the countdown of withdrawal of foreign forces from the country has already started – a move that will challenge the country to navigate a path of achieving economic self-reliance to end much dependency on foreign aid.

Breif history of geological surveys in Afghanistan:

Exploration of natural resources has long history in Afghanistan. The country is known for having rich and vast natural reserves, however, Afghanistan was invisible in the geological map of Eurasia drawn in 1954 except apart of Kabul city which mapped by French geologist during the years 1926-1951.

Geological surveys in the country divided into three phases.

Hajigak The Jewel Of Afghan Mines

The communities in and around Hajigak are inhabited by people who may be categorized in the  lower strata of economic well‐being according to their level of vulnerability. The people of the  region are poor.6 Farmers use oxen to plough land for cultivation. People have few skills and  require assistance in education and skill development.7 The area experiences seven months of  harsh winter and a five‐month summer. The harsh climate is adequate only for the cultivation  of carrots, potatoes, poor quality wheat and a few other crops. Harvests occur at the whim of  the weather. Harvests are sm

AEITI - 2nd Reconciliation Report

Afghanistan announced its intent to implement the EITI in March 2009, and became an EITI Candidate country on 10 February 2010.  


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