Farah exports watermelon worth 2b afghanis this year
FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): There has been a drastic increase in the yield of watermelon in western Farah province and so far this summer the fruit worth 2 billion afghanis had been exported, an official said on Wednesday.
Shah Mohammad, a senior official of the agriculture department, told Pajhwok Afghan News this year there was a bumper production of watermelon in the province and its quality was also good.
According to him, last year 341,000 tonnes of watermelon had been produced by 11,000 hectares of land. So far during the current year, 420,000 tonnes of watermelon have been picked from 12,000 hectares, showing a four tonnes increase per hectare.
He linked timely rains and abundant water availability to the higher watermelon yield. Last year the price of per 5 kilograms of watermelon was 12-20 afghanis but the figure has soared to 25 afghanis in 2016.
Mahmood said Farah consumed up to 10 percent of the crop, with the remaining 90 percent exported to other provinces and abroad.
“We exported the fruit worth 2 billion afghanis from Farah, although 10 days are still left in the season. Our statistics show watermelon worth nearly 2 billion afs has been exported from Farah this year,” he continued.
Hameedullah, 37, a resident of Darabad village, said: “Thank Allah this year the yield is very good.” His land produced 250 tonnes of watermelon and per five kilograms sold for 26 afghanis.
Mohammad Daud, another farmer from Pushtrod district, also expressed happiness over his bumper crop. He collected 68 tonnes of watermelon from two hectares of land.
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