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Vines for war-ravaged land

Vines are being sent to Afghanistan by an organisation dedicated to replanting agricultural land destroyed by wars.

4,000 vine cuttings are being sent from the University of California to be planted in war-ravaged farming regions in the former conflict zone.

An American organisation called Roots of Peace and other organisations including the University of California have been given US$10m by the US Agency for International Development to rebuild agriculture and nurture vineyards damaged and destroyed by years of fighting.

Out of respect for the Muslim culture which does not permit drinking alcohol, the grape varieties are suitable only for table grapes and raisins. The University of California plans to send indigenous grape varieties later on.

Roots of Peace has so far funded the clearing of over 100,000 landmines in the Kabul area. The non-profit organisation is also known for its work in turning ‘mines to vines’ in the former Yugoslavia and has the backing of several high-profile wine producers including Grgich Hills, Robert Mondavi, Jordan Winery, Beringer, J Wine Co and Silverado Vineyards.

Written by Oliver Styles

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