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7,000 Helmand growers set to get improved wheat seeds

7,000 Helmand growers set to get improved wheat seeds

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Nov 30, 2015 - 16:25

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The process of distributingimproved wheat seeds to growers has been set in motion in southern Helmand province, officials said on Monday.

Acting Director of Agricultureinfo-icon Shukrullah Shakiri told Pajhwok Afghan News the seeds had been processed on the Research Farm in Lashkargah, the provincial capital.

He said one key objective behind the seed distribution was to prevent poppy cultivation in the province, known as the worldinfo-icon’s drug capital, and to improve the economic condition of the people.

“They farmers would get assistance on the basis of a list prepared earlier in accordance with the procedure outlined by the Agriculture Ministry,” Shakiri added.

Meanwhile, the administrative head of governor’s office, Naqibullah Sikandari, said 350 tonnes of seeds would be distributed this year, with each farmer getting50 kilograms by paying 40 percent of the cost.

The agriculture extension officer, Azizullah, said there were no security problems during the distribution of improved wheat seeds.

A farmer from Nad Ali district, Bismillah, said the seeds were not sufficient. He asked the government to distribute the improved seeds on the basis of land holding.

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