New orchards on 2000 acres being planted this year in north
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): A campaign to plant new fruit orchards on 2,000 acres of land has been launched in five northern provinces, officials said on Sunday.
National Horticulture and Livestock Program (HNLP) manager in northern zone, Fahim Jabari, told Pajhwok Afghan News the orchards would be established on land under irrigation.
He said farmers were being trained on growing techniques of orchards as part of the project.
Under the project, orchards on 600 acres of land would be established in Balkh province this year, the provincial agriculture director, Khatib Shams, said, adding they had so far developed fruit orchards on 3,500 acres of land.
An orchard owner in Chamtal district, Mohammad Din, said he planted his 1.5 acre of land with fruit trees and he was happy with the revenue.
The farmer said he had been engaged in orchard growing since long, but the training helped him learn learned techniques for orchards such as landscaping, fixing distances between rows and plants of orchard and using proper amount of chemical fertilizer.
According to Fahim Jabari, they have also constructed 350 water reservoirs to resolve irrigation issue of orchards and they plan to give 1000 water tankers for irrigation of orchards to famers in the northern zone.
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