Overview

Boustan-E-Sabz (BES) was founded in 2007 as an agricultural company with the objective to develop and distribute specific crops in order to expand the comme150. X 100rcialization of Afghan products in both domestic and international markets. BES contributes to the capacity and development of the agricultural sector in Afghanistan.

As the sector grows and modernizes, BES will benefit from increased capabilities all along the value chain from Afghan farm to fork in international markets. BES is primarily a wholesaler of supplied crops that are grown by Afghan farmers and increasingly by the BES farm.

In addition, the BES farm is an experimental farm used to train farmers, including those who supply to BES.

 Vision

The BES vision is to become one of the largest private companies in the agricultural sector in Afghanistan. It will do this in order to benefit itself and its partners, including especially Afghan farmers, as well as to play a role in commercializing agricultural production and expanding domestic and international markets for Afghan agricultural products, which will similarly benefit BES and Afghanistan more generally.

History

BES was founded in 2007 as an agricultural company registered with the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA). As an agricultural company, BES can focus on crops and livestock although our specialization since the company’s founding has been on crops. BES was initially IMG_0580governed by a four-member Board of Directors, whose expertise spanned international business, management, legal experience in the food industry, industrial processes, and commercial sales.

The BES farm was founded in 2008, after the company secured a 49-year lease for 200 acres from the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL). Significant infrastructural investments were made on the farm in the first few years of its operation as well as tree planting and crop testing. The MAIL contract with BES prohibits any livestock activities on the site.

Several years later, in 2012, as part of its vision to prioritize commercial agriculture, BES broadened its

Shareholding structure entered in a unique partnership with an international contracting and logistics firmIMG_0671.  In 2013, BES expanded its scope of activities to include FFV wholesale contracting after securing a long-term sub-contract to supply FFV to the US military in Afghanistan.  The Pack House began operations in 2014.  Since the contract began in 2013, BES has delivered 7.44 million pounds of produce to the US Government, including over 1 million pounds of tomatoes. In its busiest day, July 25th 2014, the BES Pack House shipped 116,000 lb., some 176 pallets of FFV. The Pack House’s busiest month to date was August 2014, when contract deliveries peaked at 1,244,000 lbs. to the US Government.

 Leadership

Boustan-E-Sabz (BES) has the leadership to succeed in the challenging business environment of Afghanistan in order to export world class Afghan fresh fruits and vegetables to international markets.  The BES Board of Directors is composed of influential leaders with expertise spanning international business, logistics management, international relations, legal experience in the food industry, industrial processes, and commercial sales.  The in-country leadership consists of experienced Afghan business professionals and Expats to assist in the development of international markets.

 Research

The Research and Training Campus is a hybrid experimental and commercial farm located on formerly non-productive government land that is now under lease to BES through a long-term agreement with MAIL. The farm’s establishment was motivated by the idea that barren land that is not currently used by Afghan farmers can be converted into productive land through the correct use of water, land and other inputs. In 2014, an agronomist with decades of experience in Afghanistan was hired to lead technical assessments and operations at the farm. Investigation has thus far produced basic knowledge about how to transform barren land into productive land, including insight into the resilient and productive plant varieties for the area, irrigation techniques, mineral nutrition options such as composting, and other farming issues.  The farm employs local farmers and conducts training and capacity building events.