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15 provinces being threatened by serious drought

15 provinces being threatened by serious drought

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May 14, 2018 - 19:46

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Agricultureinfo-icon, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) on Monday said 15 provinces of the country were under high threat of draught while 20 million livestock was faced with shortage of pasture.

Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon or lower house of the parliament on Monday summoned Nasir Ahmad Durani, agriculture minister and Mohammad Aslam Sayas Deputy State Minister for Natural Disasters Management to brief lawmakers about the government’s measures for dealing with the draught.

Nasir Ahmad Durani said that the US Meteorology Department divided the draught in Afghanistaninfo-icon in three categories which 15 provinces were in the first, six province in the second and 13 provinces in the third category.

He said draught has damaged most provinces of the country and livestock owners in different parts of the country needed urgent assistance or they may lose their livestock.

“Jawzjan, Badghis, Faryab, Ghorinfo-icon, Uruzgan, Zabul, Kandahar, Helmand, Samangan, Balkh, Baghlan, Kunduz, Herat, Farah and Nimroz provinces which are under high threat of draught,” Durani said.

He said Maidan Wardak, Logar, Takhar, Paktia, Nuristan and Sar-I-Pul provinces were under second category of draught while Ghazni, Daikundi, Bamyan, Kapisa, Parwan, Panjsher, Kabul, Badakhshan, Laghman, Kunar, Nangarhar, Paktika and Khost were under third category.

More than 20 million livestock are faced with shortage of grass in the mentioned provinces, he said, adding 64 percent of livestock of first category provinces, 40 percent of second category and 20 percent of third category provinces were faced with shortage of grass.

Durani said preparing grass to 20 million livestock required $550 million, the amount which MALI did not have in its budget.

But he said grass worth 500 million Afghanis was transferred or under transfer to provinces affected by draught.

He added that the ministry had stored wheat in its provincial departments to distribute them to affected people in case of emergency situation.

 Deputy State Minister for Natural Disasters Management, Mohammad Aslam Sayas, said, “The level of rain has fallen by 61 percent compared to last years, farmers and livestock owners are affected by draught and special measures are needed in this area,”

He said that food and non-food items were available in provinces for addressing the needs of peopel who were affected by draught.

Sayas said 1.2 million people in Afghanistan were currently faced with shortage of food, water and shelter.

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