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Balkh agricultural yield witnesses 30pc boost: Official

Balkh agricultural yield witnesses 30pc boost: Official

Dec 05, 2015 - 16:21

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The agricultural yield of northern Balkh province has increased by 30 percent, over the past few years, an official said on Saturday.

In an exclusive interview, Director of AgricultureKatib Shams told Pajhwok Afghan News the agricultural yield had gone up in several northern provinces.

He linked the boost to the provision of agricultural inputs such as improved wheat seeds, establishment of thousands of orchards and other facilities for growers.

Shams estimated the increaseat 30 percent in 2015 over the past previous years, saying they had purchased 9,000 tonnes of wheat from farmers to be stocked for use in emergency situations in the province.

Thedepartment has also started distribution of 380 tonnes of wheat seeds across the province besides establishing orchards over 6,000 hectares of land in Balkh.

They had launched work on the construction of cold storage facilities, fruit-processing facilities and improved seed varietynurseries, he said, urging the government to pay more attention to the vital sector.




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