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1.5 million saplings being planted in Bamyan

1.5 million saplings being planted in Bamyan

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Mar 25, 2018 - 17:53

BAMYAN CITY (Pajhwok): Around 1.5 million baby trees would be planted this year in central Bamyan province besides distribution of five types of new potato seeds among farmers, officials said Sunday.

The plantation of 1.5 million seedlings, part of the “Green Revolution campaign,” was announced by provincial officials on Sunday while celebrating the national farmer’s day in Bamyan City, the provincial capital.

Agricultureinfo-icon director Abdul Wahab Mohammadi told Pajhwok Afghan News that under a presidential order some tractors would be freely provided to farmers in Bamyan.

Seeds of five types of potatoes would be distributed to farmers this year. The seeds have been prepared in various agricultural research farms.

Last solar yearinfo-icon that ended on March 21, farmers in Bamyan collected 359 tons of potatoes from their fields. The agriculture director said an increased potato yield was expected next season if there had been no water scarcity.

Also present at the event was Governor Mohammad Tahir Zuhir who urged farmers to pay attention to the province’s greenery and promised support in this regard.

“Bamyan is one of the country’s attractive places for foreign and local tourists, so we have to work hardly to add more to its beauty”.
Nawruz, a farmer, said: “The farmer’s day celebration is good but only festivals will not help until there is practical work from the government side to improve farmers’ lives”.

He said saplings the government had promised were still not enough.

Khudaid, another farmer, expressed similar views and said farmers and orchard owners faced several issues. He said provincial officials should pay attention to farmers’ needs if they wanted an improved agriculture.

He said tree plantation and crops’ cultivation in Bamyan was still performed in traditional methods and 80 percent of cultivation took place this way.

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