Wheat crop replaces Helmand poppy this year
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Farmers and agriculture officials’ of southern Helmand province claimed on Thursday bumber wheat and other harvest yielded good crops but the farmers were facing shortage of storage facility.
Helmand is one of the provinces where poppy was widely grown in the past. Haji Gul Ahmad, a resident and farmer of Girshk district, told Pajhwok Afghan News that growers had grown wheat on more land than the past. “We have cultivated tomatoes and other vegetables but we don’t have proper markets and cold storage facilities to keep our harvest afresh,” he noted.
Ghayyasuddin, a local elder in Nad Ali district, said: “I have cultivated tomatoes and cucumber on one and half acre of land besides wheat and have got good production but there is no market to sell our vegetables with good prices.”
Ghazi Mohammad, a fruit and vegetable seller in Lashkargah, said vegetables and fruits from Iran and Pakistan were sold with high rates but local fruits and vegetables had low prices since there was not cold storage facility.
He demanded the government to build cold storages in the province which would help farmers to improve their financial status.
Roohullah, director agriculture, pointed out that wheat were grown on 98,000 hectares of land but the wheat growth was higher than last year. He added: “the growth has been increased because the agriculture department provided guidance to farmers.”
The director acknowledged there was no cold storage facility but the government was planning to build few facilities for farmers.
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