Bust Enterprises to buy 3,000 tonnes of cotton
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The state-run Bust Enterprises, a ginning factory, said on Wednesday it would purchase 3,000 tonnes of cotton from farmers in the southern province of Helmand this year.
The decision was made at a Cabinet meeting, the factory head, Sherin Khan; said, adding Helmand produced 5,500 tonnes of cotton this year. One kilogram will be bought for 51 afghanis ($1.05).
He promised the Bust Enterprises -- established in Helmand nearly three decades ago -- would also sell farmers oil, oilcake and soap produced from cotton seeds at lower prices.
Growers said the government should provide them fertilisers through the factory, which remained closed for two years, as a concession to give up cultivating poppies.
If the government offered a good price for their cotton, farmers would be able to meet their daily needs, said Mullah Karim, a farmer who had brought three tonnes of cotton from Nad Ali district.
In western Ghor province, work was launched on eight hydroelectric power stations, costing 23 million afs, provided by the United Nations Development Project (UNDP), an official said.
The stations in Dawlatyar district and the provincial capital, Chaghcharan, would be completed in two years, Rural Rehabilitation and Development Director Taj Mohammad said.
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