Balkh farmers concerned about lack of rain, snow
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Farmers in northern Balkh province say they are concerned their crops yield could get affected due to insufficient rains this winter, but officials dismissed their worries.
“Currently, the crops do not need water, but if there is no rainfall for months, all our crops would become wilted and the yield would decline,” a farmer in Jar Kala area of Chamtal district, Mohammad Khan, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
“The land has absorbed this month’s rainwater that fulfills water requirements of crops for the months of February and March,” he said, complaining about the lack of irrigation water in Balkh. He said farmers were awaiting rainfall and snowfall in winter months.
He said currently they had grown wheat crops in their fields which needed water in the later stages because immediately after harvests, they would grow cotton.
The wheat seeds had recently germinated and orchards were nearing the flowering stage, but if the dry spell continued, their crops would be badly affected, another farmer from Charbolak district, Hajji Qayum said.
“If there is snowfall at the flowering stage of almond, the blooms would not be affected by chilling in the later stages,” an orchard owner in Dehdad district, Mohamamd Rafiq, said.
Till now, 88 mm rain has lashed the province, which could also resolve the water scarcity problem in the later stages, Agriculture Director Katib Shams said.
He said the country’s northern parts needed more rains and snowfall, otherwise famers would face problems.
He said Balkh mostly faced the lack of flowing water and mainly depended on precipitation in winter season.
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