Henna output decreasing in Nangarhar
JALALABAD (PAN): Farmers of the Lal Pura district of eastern Nangarhar province blame the government for the recent decline in henna output.
Henna is used traditionally used in Afghanistan and other parts of the world to color the hands and feet of women in moments of celebration.
Izatullah, a local farmer of Chaknur village of the district, told Pajhwok Afghan News while watering his henna farm that he faced many problems in cultivation and did not expect to make money this year.
He had brought the seeds from the Punjab province of Pakistan and spent several days preparing them for sowing. He got 1050 kilograms of henna from half an acre of land last year, Izatullah said.
Farmers of Chaknur, Guldak, Sada, Khowez and Gardawi villages of the district cultivated henna in the past but they had stopped doing so for the last few years, said Parvaiz, a resident of Khowez.
Part of the problem was the increasing price of fertilizer, he said.
According to another farmer, Najibullah from Guldak village, henna traders had bought 7 kg for 700 Pakistani rupees last year, while traders from Mazar-i-Sharif, Herat and Kandahar provinces would not buy the same amount for 200 rupees.
The henna crop is cultivated over 300 hectares, or about 741 acres, of land in the Lalpura and Gushti districts, said Muhammad Hussain Sapi, the provincial director of the Department of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock. He admitted that the government had not supported those farmers.
He promised the government would work to expand the crop’s output in coming year.
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