KABUL, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- The Afghan government was reviewing a primary materials reserve strategy to cope with food emergencies amid drought and deteriorating security, Afghan Ministry of Industry and Commerce reported on its website on Sunday.
"Minister of Industry and Commerce Nisar Ahmad Ghoryani chaired a meeting held in Kabul earlier this week to review the strategic reserves of primary materials needed by the citizens," the ministry said in a statement.
Representatives of Afghan private sector also shared their views and suggestions with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce leadership on "how the government and the private sector cooperate in providing the primary materials needed in crisis and emergency," the statement read.
Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Hashmatullah Ghafuri and Khan Jan Alokozay, deputy to Afghanistan Chambers Federation, have also attended the meeting, according to the statement.
The meeting was held as foodstuff and oil prices were remarkably rising amid heavy fighting between the Taliban militants and government security forces nearly in half of Afghanistan's 34 provinces.