Badam Bagh Research Farm

History
Badam Bagh Research Farm was established in 1338 (1959) with the financial assistance of USAID, covering 80 hectares land. Its latitude is 34.55 and longitude is 69.11 and it is 1840 metres above the sea level. At that time, fruits saplings like almond, apricot, plum, quince, grapes, apples, peach, pear etc were imported from various countries like Lebanon, Italy and USA for plantation .
It is worth mentioning that the mentioned fruits had both local and imported verities. This research farm was one of the biggest research farm of the country, unfortunately, after the fall of Sardar Da’ud Khan’s government, the overall structure of the country was demolished and this farm was no exception and due to the series of wars in the country,
it was completely destroyed. Nevertheless, in 1374(1995) this farm was rehabilitated with the assistance of GAA organization and the assistance was not sufficient for all the rehabilitation works of the farm. Ever since, after the fall of the Taliban regime and settlement of the interim government, the rehabilitation of the farm is in the process, however, according to the specialists of the agriculture research institute and the kind personnel of the farm, the progress in the work dons is not satisfactory. Lately, organizations like GAA, EC, JICA, ASAP and FAO has been actively working for the reconstruction of the farm.

Current situation:

Boundary wall of the farm: The front wall and the southern side of the farm which is adjacent to the oil reservoirs (stocks), issecured with the iron fence , however, the north and western part of the farm is fenced with net. These fences need reconstruction like the front and the southern side. It is worth mentioning that the western side of the farm (the hill’s slope)shall be fenced in order to prevent the residential from illegal constructions of house.

Offices:Presently, 3 container made offices are used by the farm’s specialists belonging to the different departments. It literally means that these containers do not meet the requirements of the specialists.

Depos: Two Rub-halls and four containers are used for storing the tools and machinery, one of the rub-halls, is used by the machinery department for the repairing of the agriculture machinary.
It is worth mentioning that the containers/ rub-halls are not suitable for storing the seeds, chemical fertilizers and agriculture medicines/pesticides, therefore, it creates problems.

Irrigation: The farm consists of 7 deep wells, however 3 of them are somehow functional. The water from Qargha dam’s water right does not meet the requirements of the farm.

Agriculture personnel: The farm lacks the presence of the specialized personnel which always causes problems. The insufficient number of personnel also delays the implementation of the agriculture plans and programmes.

Transportation: Due to lack of availability of enough vehicles, the specialists cannot arrive on time to look after their work. Moreover, delays happen in the transportation of the agriculture materials. The farm therefore, needs a pick up or a flying coach for the timely transportation of the materials and on time commutation of the technical staff.

The overall area of the farm: The fenced farm covers 63 hectares land and 33 hectares of the lands was used by ASAP organisation for its agriculture activities.These pieces of lands were for the demonstration programmes of the agro-business and vegetables and fruits (grapes). In 2011, this area was transferred to the MAIL’ for its activities.
12 hectares of this farm is under the use of PHDP for its activities for the development of horticulture and establishment of the long term gardens of the stone seed fruits and soft seed fruits.
18 hectares of the land is used for the implementation of the research programmes of the ARIA department.