Nangarhar to have more greenhouses, cold storages
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): More greenhouses and cold storages for agricultural produce are being built to improve the sector in eastern Nangarahar province, a senior official said on Tuesday.
Though above hundred cold storages exist in different districts of the province, the government is planning to increase their number to further develop the agriculture sector, Deputy Governor Mohammad Hanif Gardiwal told a gathering marking Farmers’ Day in Jalalabad, the provincial capital.
“We import vegetables from Pakistan but we have kept available our own vegetables in every season because of the cold storages”, the deputy governor said with pleasure.
“The government is serious to build a cold storage for every five hundred people this year to preserve their agricultural products and food.”
Hamidullah Nazir, the provincial agriculture director, said agricultural growth had increased in the province last year, when 225,000 metric tonnes of wheat, 200,000 metric tonnes of rice and 100,000 metric tonnes of maize were harvested, up from previous years.
Besides these products, around 287,000 metric tonness of vegetables were produced in the province last year, said Nazir.
He said 170 different proposals had been submitted to the Ministry of Agriculture to further develop the province’s agriculture, if the proposals were approved.
The farmers’ day was celebrated at the Sherzai Cricket Stadium by arranging an exhibition showcasing different stalls of food and agricultural items.
Haji Zamarai Ahmadzai, a local elder, told Pajhwok Afghan News farmers struggled with finding access to market for their products. “The lack of market is one of the main problems farmers face,” he said, urging the government to take concrete steps toward addressing the issue.
He demanded the government construct veterinary clinics for animals and cold storages for agriculture products.
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