Ghor to break record in gardening next year
They added the National Gardening Programme, launched in Ghor in January, was still underway and surveys for implementing the programme in three districts and Firozkoh city, the provincial capital, were ongoing.
Provincial agriculture and livestock acting director Juma Khan Bakhtari told Pajhwok Afghan News a total of 1,750 gardens would be planted in Ghor next solar year that begins on March 21.
He said 750 gardens would be established in Dolina district, 520 in Lal wa Sarjangal, 100 in Dawlatyar and 360 gardens in Firozkoh city.
He asked farmers to construct protective walls around the gardens and prepare the oil for planting fruit trees.
He said his department would then donate 66 apple seedlings and three kilograms of American alfalfa seeds along with 20 kilograms of black fertilizer to farmers.
He added agriculture experts would also help farmers sow the plants and seeds.
Bakhtari said farmers would be redistributed plants next year if they did not grow them in the first year. The agriculture department would be assessing gardens and supporting farmers up to three years, he added.
Each farmer benefitting from the programme should pay 1,500 afghanis in the first and 1,700 afghanis in the second year, he said, adding that Ghor province would break the record in gardening with the creation of the new gardens.
Bakhtari said the National Gardening Programme was being implemented in 25 provinces and Firozkoh city and Dawlatyar district came under the plan in 1393 solar year and so far 1,500 gardens had been established in two areas.
Bismillah, a gardener in Qatas village of Firozkoh city, said: “Two years ago, me and my three brothers walled our 20 acres of our land and prepared it for fruit plants with the support of the agriculture department.”
He said they planted 500 apple and peach plants which yielded good result. He said the garden was an income source for his family and added to the beauty of their village.
Ewaz Ali, a resident of Dahan Chaka area of Lal-wa-Sarjangal district, said he walled his land and prepared it for gardening with fruit plants.
He said he paid 1,500 afghanis to the agriculture department that in return would provide him 66 apple plants and train him in growing them.
He added there were only a small number of fruit trees in his area, but people had recently found interest in gardening.
Gardeners asked the government to provide them access to markets, processing facilities and cold storage for their produce.
However, the agriculture director said market for fruits was available in the province but cold houses could not be provided until they lacked electricity.
He added the reconstruction of Poza Lich power dam would resolve the electricity problem.
The construction of Poza Lich dam in Firozkoh is underway. It would take two years to complete.
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