Lower yield sends wheat price soaring
SHEBERGHAN (PAN): A decline in wheat production this year has sent prices soaring in northern Jawzjan province, officials said on Sunday.
This year’s wheat production in the province was nearly 90,000 tonnes, compared with 110,000 tonnes in 2012, an Agriculture Department official said.
Syed Massoud told Pajhwok Afghan News annual wheat consumption of the province was 122,000 tonnes, forcing the import of 32,000 tonnes.
He explained the yield had fallen due to lack of rains and snowfall in the winter.
Due to the lower production level, wheat prices had soared. Per seven kilograms of wheat cost 130 afghanis in 2013, up from 80afs last year, said a wheat dealer, Ghulam Ali.
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