Samangan grapes yield shot up by 29% this year
AIBAK (Pajhwok): Grape fruit production has increased by 29 percent in northern Samangan province this year compared to the last year; however gardeners there complain about the low fruit prices in the market.
Noor Mohammad, the provincial agriculture director, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Feroz Nakhchir and Hazrat Sultan districts contained many commercial grape orchards in 1,260 hectares of land.
A survey conducted by the department show that the grapes’ harvest in the two districts reached to 9,000 tonnes, against last year’s 7,000 tonnes.
He said grapes prices were lower this year due to poor market of the fruit. Last year, a kilogram of grapes was for 45 afghanis but this year price of the same quantity of the fruit declined to 40 afghanis.
Seventy percent of Samangan’s grapes were exported to Pakistan, he said. Mohammad linked the poor market of the fruit due to high exports of Tajikistani grapes to Pakistan.
Gardeners were also happy about the fruit yield this year but grumbled about the poor market.
Mohammad Nasir, an orchard owner in Chahar Sawq village of Feroz Nakhchir district, said he had collected 5,600 kilograms grapes last year from his 2.5 acres garden and the amount increased to 7,000 this year.
He said a kilogram of grapes was sold for 45 Afghanis last year but the price declined to 40 Afghanis this year.
Haji Mohammad Sharif, a grapes trader, said that the price of Samangan grapes declined because some merchants imported the fruit to Afghanistan and then exported to Pakistan, posing the fruit belonged to Feroz Nakhchir district.
He said the businessmen falsely used the Hussaini and Taifi titles for grapes they export to foreign countries. The two types of grapes yielded in Afghanistan have international fame.
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