Part of Oral Answers to Questions — International Development – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 11 February 2009.

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Photo of Michael Foster Michael Foster Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for International Development 11:30, 11 February 2009

My hon. Friend points out that there is an important role to play in co-ordinating military activity in Helmand with the reconstruction and economic regeneration that is so vital to the people of Afghanistan. That is why we have impressed upon Afghanistan the need to enforce the rule of law, which is done through our contacts with the MOD and military forces, and we have worked with Governor Mangal on the promotion of legal crop growing, such as the $11 million programme to invest in wheat seeds for 32,000 farmers in Helmand province.