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    Balkh farmers ready to grow oil crops

    MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Agriculture officials of northern Balkh province on Thursday said they would provide facilities and encourage farmers to grow oil crops.

    The department would train farmers and support them to grow oil corps under a $800,000 project funded by the provincial reconciliation office, the director of agriculture said.

    Sunflower, sesame and other oil crops are cash crops, having good prices in the international market, Katib Shams told Pajhwok Afghan News.

    They would provide technical training to the farmers who wanted to cultivate the crops, said the head of the reconciliation office, Abdul Qudus. Farmers would be reimbursed half of the expenses incurred on growing 2.5 acres of the crops.

    They were ready to grow the crops on their farms, if helped with fertilisers and seeds, said a grower from the Chamtal district, Mia Khan. Crop oils, having no cholesterol, are better for human consumption.