Lemon production increases in Takhar
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): The lemon production has increased following the establishment of more lemon orchards in the northern province of Takhar, an official said on Tuesday.
Most of the new lemon orchards have been established in Yangi Qala, Khwaja Bahauddin, Dasht Kala and some other districts, increasing the production, the extension section head at the provincial agriculture department, Syed Yahya, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
“We brought the improved lemon varieties from Tajikistan but we were not sure about a successful adaptation of the trees, but it resulted well,” he said.
Hundreds of kilograms of lemons have been marketed in the province, he said, adding if more lemon orchards were established in Takhar, the province would become the highest citrus producer in the country.
The lime fruit is brought to market each day from Yangi Qala, Khwaja Bahauddin and Dasht Kala districts, a fruit trader in Taloqan, Jamaluddin, said.
“Three years back, people didn’t recognise Takhar lemons, but now the fruit has flooded local market. Takhar lemon is bigger in size and has a high quality,” he said.
He said traders purchased a kilo of lemon for 71 afghanis in fields and sold the same quantity for 86 afs in the local market.
An orchard owner in Dasht Qala district, Abdul Rahman, was happy over a higher income from the crop, saying he had been involved in the business over the past four years.
This year he sold 350 kg of lemon from his orchard and still nearly 42kg of lemon remained in trees for home consumption.
The government and NGOs should help lemon growers expand their gardening which is not labour intensive but only needs to be protected from chilling, a resident of Yangi Qala, Abdul Dayan, said.
According to agriculture officials, they plan to establish a lemon research farm in Taloqan.
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