Takhar records bumper wheat crop this season
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): Wheat crop yield witnessed a 40 percent increase this season in northern Takhar province as compared to the last year’s harvest, growers and officials say.
Officials at the provincial Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock department say 195,000 hectares of land was sown with wheat crop this year, yielding a considerable production.
They cite favourable weather conditions, timely irrigation, distribution of chemical fertilisers and improved seeds among growers the main reasons behind the surge in wheat production.
Agriculture department official Abdul Ahad Radmurad said: “Timely monsoon rains and the distribution of improved quality seed to farmer resulted in a bumper wheat crop.”
Ishkamish, Bangi, Dasht-i-Qala, Yangi Qala, Khwaja Bahauddin, Khwaja Ghar are among districts considered the most fertile for having good weather and adequate irrigation water.
Noor Mohammad, a resident of Achaldi area of Baharak district, said he cultivated wheat crop on 6.5 acres of his land, which yielded 9,100 kilograms of wheat.
He used 20 bags of chemical fertiliser and 455 kilograms of improved quality seed. “Although wheat crops have increased manifolds as compared to the past year, I earned nothing because of the commodity’s low price in the market,” he complained.
Salim Shah, a resident of Khwaja Ghar district, said seven kilograms of wheat was accounted for 120 afghanis, while paid 240afs for the same quantity at the time of purchasing.
Urging government to assist farmers, he said: “The government should sell improved seeds and chemical fertilizers to farmers at low prices.”
Located northeast of the country, Takhar is one of the country’s agricultural provinces, exporting wheat and rice to other provinces every year.
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