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Early snowfall, rains worry growers

Early snowfall, rains worry growers

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Nov 05, 2013 - 17:44

PUL-I-ALAM/GHAZNI CITY (PANinfo-icon): Farmers and officials on Tuesday voiced concerns at the early snowfall in certain parts of the country, fearing that cultivation of crops could be delayed.

Logar Director of Agricultureinfo-icon Eng. Humayun Omar confirmed the early blizzard this year, saying the sowing process could be delayed as a result of the snowfall.

Forty percent of crop cultivation was yet to be done in the central province, where the weather had suddenly changed, the official told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Sher Khan -- a farmer from the provincial capital Pul-i-Alam -- said he had prepared two acres of land for wheat cultivation. But the snowfall set back his plans.

Just like Logar, Ghazni and Bamyan provinces have also received heavy rains and snowfall since last night. Ghazni City dweller Mohibullah said mountaintops around the provincial capital were covered with snows.

Similarly, the capital of central Maidan Wardak province as well as Syedabad and Chak districts have also been lashed by the downpour and snow.

Mohammad Aleem, an elder from Syedabad, it rained heavily all night and snow started falling in certain parts in the morning. As a result, he added, agricultural yield had been harmed. 

The ongoing wet spell has also fuelled concerned among growers in the Shibar and Yakawlang districts of Bamyan. They are worried crop cultivation could be pushed back.

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