Jawzjan’s melon harvest increases this year
SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): Melon harvest increased by 500 tonnes this year compared to last year’s yield in northern Jawzjan province, the agriculture department head said on Monday.
Eng. Abdul Rasheed linked the increased melon production to efforts at preventing pests and diseases and said this year the melon production stood at 57,122 tonnes grown over 3,380 hectares of land.
He said the yield surpassed last year’s harvest by more than 500 tonnes. Last year, 3,361 hectares of land was brought under melon cultivation, producing 56,594 tonnes of the fruit.
“Farmers and growers have been attending proper programmes over the past two years, which resulted in increased melon harvest.”
He said farmers were provided with needed medicine and useful instructions to enable them to prevent pests and diseases from attacking their farms.
Jawzjan’s land is suitable for growing different varieties of melon such as Arkani, Chitari and others, according to Rasheed, who said the fruit was cultivated in Aqcha, Mangajik, Mardian, Khamyab, Qarqin, Faizabad, Khwaja-do-Koh and Qush Tepa districts.
A number of melon sellers in Shiberghan city, the provincial capital, said they were pleased with the sales, but the fruit price had declined compared to last year’s.
Pir Mohammad, a melon seller in the provincial capital, said currently a 7kg of high quality melon was sold for 70 afs per kilogram while the same amount was sold for 100afs last year.
He said the hike in melon harvest resulted increased sales and reduced price which enabled everyone to easily buy the fruit.
According to the agricultural department, Jawzjan’s melon harvest is also transferred to capital Kabul and southern and eastern provinces.
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