Wheat harvest almost doubles in Farah this year
FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): Wheat harvest has almost doubled in western Farah province this year, compared to the past year’s yield, an official said on Thursday.
Agriculture Director Eng. Abdul Manan Matin told Pajhwok Afghan News all crops, especially wheat, produced this year in Farah had good quality and quantity.
He said last year wheat was cultivated on 16,750 hectares of land including 30 hectares rain-fed. He said 4,000 hectares was sown with refined seed crop and the remaining with local seed.
According to Matin, Farah produced 48,000 tonnes of wheat last year compared to 80,000 tonnes collected so far this year, when most farmers cultivated poppy crop which did not produce satisfactory yield.
Rahmuddin, a shopkeeper at a local market, said more wheat had been produced this year but there was a 10 afghanis decline in the price of seven kilograms of wheat this year.
Due to the lack of storage facilities, Farah farmers used to dispatch their wheat production to other provinces and local residents had to import wheat from Iran and Pakistan, he said.
Rahmuddin said they had asked the provincial officials to construct storages for wheat in order residents avoid wheat shortage in winter but the officials did not take the issue seriously.
Shah Mohammad, another official of the agriculture department, acknowledged Rahmuddin’s account. He said the Agriculture Ministry few days back approved the construction of a storage facility for wheat in Farah.
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