Farah farmers export watermelon worth 1.6 billion afs
FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): Farmers in western Farah province earned more than 1.5 billion afghanis in revenue by exporting tones of watermelons to different parts of Afghanistan and neighbouring countries, an official said on Wednesday.
Eng. Abdul Manan Matin, Farah agriculture director, told Pajhwok Afghan News in addition to increased farms of watermelon, the quality of the crop was also improved this year in Farah province.
He said farmers received more benefits from their watermelon exports as compared to past years. The collection process of the crops would continue for the next two weeks, he added.
Matin said that only 10,000 tons of watermelon was used in Farah province while tons of the product was exported to other provinces and neighboring Pakistan.
Each kilogram of watermelon was sold for five afghanis and 1.6 million afghanis revenue was collected so far from its sales, he said.
Another agriculture official Shah Mohammad said that Farah River last year was rich of water up to March, but this year the water was continue flowing upto June which helped rich production of the crop.
He said that timely raining and less farm diseases were another cause that increased to watermelon products.
Meanwhile, farmers are happy they benefited more year from their crops.
Nisar Ahmad, a resident of Masaw village of Pushtrod district, said that he allocated 20 hectares of his land for farming watermelon.
“Fortunately I collected 200 tons of watermelon and sold each kilogram for six afghanis,” he said, adding he earned 800,000 afghanis this year from the crop.
“Last year we grew poppy, but I am sure if we farm watermelon and sell them on current price Farah people would no longer grow poppy,” he hoped.
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