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Saffron crop introduced to Logar

Saffron crop introduced to Logar

Oct 13, 2011 - 19:23

PUL-I-ALAM (PANinfo-icon): The Ministry of Agricultureinfo-icon for the first time has introduced saffron crop to central Logar province to help farmers explore new economic options for themselves, officials said on Thursday.

“For the first time in my life, I cultivated saffron crop and I hope to get a good harvest,” Mirwais, a farmer in Mohammad Agha district, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

The agriculture department employees had trained them how to grow, irrigate and collect the harvest, he said. “Income from saffron crop is high than potatoes and onions,” he added.

Agriculture officials had asked 13 farmers to select a portion of their lands for growing the saffron crop, Mirwais said, adding they had been promised 14,000 afghanis to buy fertilisers for their crops.

“We have only received saffron seeds from the agriculture department, which has promised to give us money if it is provided by the ministry concerned," he said.

Provincial Agriculture Director, Mohammad Homayun, said they distributed 364 kilograms of seeds to 13 farmers in Mohammad Agha, Barak-i-Barak, Khoshi and Azra districts and Pul-i-Alam, where farmers would grow one acre each of their land with the crop under the guidance from the department.

He said farmers had been promised 14,000 afs each to buy fertilizers, but the amount had not been received by the department so far.

Saffron grows well under temperate and dry climates. Mild winters with heavy snowfall and hot summers are excellent for the growth and production of the crop. Its vegetative growth coincides with cold weather and freezing condition.

Saffron is commonly used in spice or colouring in food preparation, making medicine, perfume and its leaves can be used as animal feed.


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