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Khost farmers receive improved seed, fertilizer

Khost farmers receive improved seed, fertilizer

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Nov 03, 2016 - 18:03

KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): The distribution process of improved quality wheat seed and fertilizers to hundreds of farmers kicked off on Thursday in southeastern Khost province.

Governor Hukam Khan Habibi told Pajhwok Afghan News that 50 tonnes of improved quality wheat seeds and 172 tonnes of chemical fertilizers would be distributed to 1,000 farmers of the province this year.

Each farmer would receive 50 kilograms of wheat seed and 100 kilograms of fertilizer against a 50 percent discount in payment, he said.

“We would also distribute an amount of improved seed and fertilizers to farmers through cooperatives, so farmers must refer for that to cooperative centers,” he said.

Habibi said he would accelerate efforts for agricultureinfo-icon development and seek cooperation from the central government in this regard.

“The distribution of these items to farmers is an important step in agriculture improvement, I would remain committed to continuing my efforts for development of agriculture sector,” he said.

Meanwhile, the provincial agriculture and livestock director, Eng. Samiullah Nasrat, told Pajhwok that the improved quality wheat seeds and fertilizers had been donated by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock.

He said China also donated four tractors to the Khost agriculture and livestock department on Thursday.

“We would use the tractors for agriculture department related farmlands,” he said.

Khost farmers, who received the agriculture inputs, were happy saying the distribution began at a proper time this year.

“If the seeds we received are improved, it would yield positive result. Fertilizers distribution besides the seeds would help farmers grow their crops with better results,” a farmer said.

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