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Tagab residents happy with prune yield, price

Tagab residents happy with prune yield, price

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Oct 23, 2016 - 19:56

MAHMUD RAQI (Pajhwok): Farmers say they are satisfied with the yield and price of prune dried fruit this year in Tagab district of central Kapisa province.   

The inhabitants say the dried fruit price had been low last year, forcing many people to uproot their orchards but this year the fruit price’s increased several folds, benefitting gardeners.

A resident of Tagab, Khairullah said: “Last year a 7-kilo prune bag was sold for 500 Pakistani rupees but price of the same quantity jumped to Rs1,700 this year.”

He said gardeners were worried they would not have good revenue from their harvest because of Afghanistaninfo-icon and Pakistaninfo-icon deteriorated ties but this year the profit was several times higher than the previous.

Another gardener in the district, Haji Lotfullah, said his orchard produced 35kg of prune last year against 560kg this year, earning him Rs140,000, a multi-fold increase.

He said earlier they would search for businessmen to purchase their prune but this year buyers were searching for gardeners.

Ziaulhaq, a prune trader, told Pajhwok Afghan News they bought the fruit from gardeners and after transferring to Jalalabad, they took the fruit to Peshawar.

He said this year prune production was good, causing a hike in its price and businessmen in Peshawar also bought it with very interest.

Kapisa farmers and gardeners asked the government to find a good market for their fruits and other corps in order improve their economy.

They demanded cold rooms for storing harvests before selling them against higher prices.

Kapisa Agricultureinfo-icon, Irrigation and Livestock Department head Abdul Wahab Nasimi said not enough agriculture work could be done in Tagab district due to security issues.

Tagab district is famous for its seedless pomegranates and prune fruits, which are also exported to foreign countries.

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