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    Ghazni fruit, vegetable exports up by 25pc

    GHAZNI CITY (PAN): Fruit and vegetable exports increased by 25 percent, compared to last year, in southern Ghazni province, an official said on Thursday.

    Last year's rains and floods had a negative impact on farming, but there was no such problem in 2011, Director of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Sultan Hussain Abbasyar said.   

    Overall overseas sales had not increased, but fresh and dry fruit and vegetable exports had gone up, he said. They planned to build USAID-funded storage and processing centres for farmers in different districts, Abbasyar added.

    A fruit merchant from Maqur district, Muhammad Karim, said they had achieved a good yield of fruits and vegetables in Maqur, Gilan and Nawa districts, but the wheat crop was not satisfactory.

    Ali Khan, resident of the Haji village of Khwaja Omari district, said he had a good production of apples and prunes recent year.