Government-backed efforts eradicated poppy from the province, and in its place established pistachio orchards on 400 hectares of land, planting 160,000 saplings.
This is the fourth time that Afghan saffron has gained recognition as the best in the world, despite continuing efforts from Iran to sabotage the lucrative spice industry in Afghanistan.
In December alone, five factories with more than $25 million (1.9 billion AFN) worth of private investment began operations in Herat Industrial City.
As the world grapples with the economic effects of the pandemic, China's share of the global market has increasingly become larger in part through its sale of personal protective equipment.
Gold prices have grown by 35% in markets across the province because of the surge in smuggling of gold to Iran. Massive amounts of dollars are also being smuggled to Iran daily from Herat.
Roadwork is under way in Kunduz city that addresses transportation needs for more than 1,000 families. Projects like these have provided jobs for hundreds of local residents.
Once completed, the railway will help transport six million tonnes of goods and a million passengers annually and will provide a gateway to European markets for Afghanistan.
Assistance from the Department of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock has helped some farmers triple their income. But one obstacle hinders development: Taliban violence.
The drop in poppy cultivation is resulting in fewer drug addicts among Afghan youth, officials and farmer say.
Roadwork and other rehabilitation projects in Herat Province provide jobs for thousands of residents and improve the appearance of the provincial capital.