Growers concerned as rains damage wheat crop in Logar
PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): Continued rains have damaged hundreds of farmlands, particularly wheat fields, in central Logar province, but officials promised helping the affected growers.
Abdul Jabbar, a resident of the Sharafgan area of Mohammad Agha district, told Pajhwok Afghan News the water level in Logar River had unprecedentedly increased.
“Water from the flooded river is flowing to farmlands and has destroyed all wheat fields,” he said, adding he and his relatives had lost 30 acres of wheat farms to the floods.
Sabir Jan, a resident of the Tangi Waghjan area of the same district,confirmed the Logar River had damaged hundreds of acres of farmlands.
“I personally cultivated my six acres land with wheat to feed my family, but the fields been inundated. I am worried about my loss. We will suffer if the government does not help us,” he said.
A resident of the Niazi village of Pul-I-Alam, the capital of the province, said his eight acres wheat fields had been ruined by river water.The farmers appealed to the government for immediate compensation.
Meanwhile, Livestock and Agriculture DirectorHamayon Omar confirmed the losses suffered by growers.He said 1,800 acres of farmland had been destroyed in Pul-I-Alam, Baraki Barak and Mohammad Agha districts.
“We have sent a report on the damages to the governor’s house, Ministry of Livestock and Agriculture and the emergency aid committee. We are waiting for their response; we have nothing to help farmers,” he said.
Salim Saleh, the governor’s spokesman,said the emergency aid committee had launched a survey of the affected areas.He promised sharing the list of affected farmers with aid organisations.
The Livestock and Agriculture Department says 21,000 hectares of land in Logar has been cultivated with wheat, a staple crop in landlocked Afghanistan, which is heavily reliant on food imports.
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