Potatoes yield markedly declines in Bamyan
BAMYAN CITY/ MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Following marked decrease in potatoes crop this year, latest machinery for cultivation of vegetables rich in carbohydrate had been distributed among farmers in central Bamyan province on Wednesday.
In addition, growers in northwestern Faryab were distributed with three refined seed producing machines.
Agriculture Director Eng. Mohammad Tahir Attai said production of potatoes was 270 tonnes last year and target of potatoes product this year was 200 tonnes.
Bamyan province is widely known for producing potatoes rich in taste which is not only used in parts of Afghanistan but supplied Pakistan and Tajikistan.
Attai told Pajhwok Afghan News recent decline in the crop had discouraged farmers. Last year seven kilograms of potatoes were sold at 200 afghanis, while the cost of seven kilograms of potatoes stood at 80 afghanis this year.
Farmers’ alleged domestic market was badly affected following record import of potatoes from Iran and Pakistan.
Abdul Sammad, one of the farmers, said he had stored potatoes amid a hope that its prices would go up but things were on the downward trend.
The agriculture director introduced a new machine to farmers that cultivate more potatoes in shortest possible time. The cost of this machine he said was $1,000 and a replacement for manual work.
Separately, the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED) distributed three machines for refining of wheat seeds to agriculture cooperative departments in Faryab.
Marketing Manager Najibullah said each machine had the capacity to refine 500 kilogram of wheat seed in an hour, adding cooperative sectors of Almar, Qaisar, Kohistan would become self sufficient in production of refined seeds.
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