Helmand to have dairy farm, agriculture market
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The acting agriculture director on Monday said a cold storage facility, a dairy farm and a market for agricultural products would be established until the end of this solar year in southern Helmand province.
Rafiullah Qalam told Pajhwok Afghan News during an interview that besides the dairy farm, market and the storage facility, 250 grape orchards and 100 greenhouses would also be established during the period.
He said the storage facility would be constructed on 10 acres of land in Bolan area of Lashkargah, the provincial capital. It would have the capacity to store 500 metric tonnes of fruits and vegetables, he added.
The cold storage facility would need $1.5 million which would be provided by the Ministry of Counternarcotics, the director said.
He said the proposed market for agriculture products would enable farmers to sell their harvests against reasonable prices.
“In summer besides other crops, basil has been grown on 21,000 hectors of land and the harvests will be sold for good rates in the market.”
He said the grape orchards and greenhouses would be constructed in Laskhargah and four districts and handed over to farmers.
The dairy farm will be set up on 168.5 acres of land in the Bolan area. “Facilities for cows, sheep and hens will be provided at the farm,” Qalam said.
He said the designs of all these projects had been completed and submitted to the provincial government. He hoped the projects would be launched soon and completed by the end of this solar year that ends on March 21.
The agriculture director said such projects had not been executed during the past 13 years in Helmand.
A farmer in Nad Ali district, Tor Jan, said most farmers in the town grew vegetables, which they sold against low prices in the absence of cold storages. He said people bought at high rates vegetables from Pakistan in winters and the establishment of the cold storage would resolve this problem.
He said the proposed projects should be executed at the earliest and a vast land should be used for the cold storage facility in order to preserve huge quantity of agricultural products.
Helmand is an agriculture province as its 75 percent populations are associated with farming and livestock.
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