New orchards help Ghor families eke out living
Juma Khan, the acting Agriculture and Livestock Department head, told Pajhwok Afghan News 400 gardens for men and 520 gardens for women had been set up in Dawlatyar district and Ferozkoh, the provincial capital, with financial support from the World Bank.
Each grower received 66 apple saplings, 20 kg of fertiliser and seeds weighing three kilograms, he said, adding the beneficiaries would be assisted for the next five years.
He said the programame would be extended to Dolina, Lal-aw-Sarjangal and other districts.
One of the beneficiaries, Ghulam Yahya, who owned a garden under the programme, told Pajhwok Afghan News: “Agriculture officials established these orchards in two years. I hope to start earning in a few years.”
Maryam, a 35-year-old resident, said: “The agriculture department established a garden for me this year and planted eight types of vegetables, which we now use at home.”
She said now she was able to support her family, which had been until recently in economic constrains.
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