Takhar pistachio yield increases two-fold this year
TALUQAN (Pajhwok): The residents of Farkhar district in northern Takhar province on Tuesday recorded the pistachio yield two-fold this year compared to the previous year.
Mukhtar, the resident of Khurmab locality, told Pajhwok Afghan News the pistachio crop was satisfactory this year.
The area is rugged with no plains to grow other products, he said, adding that pistachio trees are the only source of their income.
According to Mukhtar, every farmer collected 70 to 420 kilograms of pistachio but last year nobody could get more than 175 kilograms of the dry fruit.
Haji Nasrullah, the resident of Ardishan locality, also confirmed there was bumper production of pistachio this year.
He said before civil war there was more trees of pistachio, but during internal war some local commanders cut-off most of pistachio tress in the district.
But the resident took a bold step and stopped cutting of pistachio trees by imposing cash penalty on those involved in this activity.
Agriculture Director Mohammad Salim Saee said there was more production of pistachio in the Farkhar district compared to other places.
He said heavy rainfall, floods and gusts had damaged the pistachio production in other areas of the country.
According to the agriculture director, more pistachio jungles were situated in the Rustaq, Cha Ab, Yangi Kala and Baharak districts of the province.
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