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Recent rainfall reduces drought threats in Baghlan

Recent rainfall reduces drought threats in Baghlan

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Jun 17, 2018 - 14:44

PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): The level of drought has decreased due to recent rainfalls in northern Baghlan province where farmers can use seeds that require more water, agricultureinfo-icon officials say.

Abdul Wahab Khairzada, provincial agriculture department head, told Pajhwok Afghan News they had stopped cultivation of rice due to the lack of snowfall in winter season.

“Lack of snowfall in mountains led to water shortage that forced farmers to ignore growing rice in rain-fed farms,” he said.

He estimated a 50 percent cut in drought related concerns after the recent rainfall. “Due to heavy downpours, fresh grass grew in the mountain skyline and owners of livestock kept their cattle from selling.”

Meanwhile, Baghlan water management authority director Eng. Asifullah said recent rainfalls had reduced the water shortage in northern parts of the country.

“Currently more water flows in Pul-i-Khumri River and there is snow on Salang Mountains which can provide water for sometimes, but there is fear if the water gets warmer it will come soon and we will again face water shortage.”

Meanwhile, local farmers said they had grown seeds which needed more water following recent rains in the province.

Alam Gul, a farmer in Wazir Abad locality of Pul-i-Khumri, the provincial capital, said they were concerned about the lack of water in the first month of spring.

The provincial agriculture department ordered them not to cultivate rice, landing farmers in trouble, he said.

But he added: “Now we have enough water so we cultivated rice as well besides other crops and we hope it would give good result.”

Gul cultivated 7.5 acres of land with rice for one year and paid 30,8000kg rice in rent for the land to the owner “ If I had not cultivated rice, other crops would not have met the land rent.”

Another farmer Shir Khan said he had been cultivating two acres of land with rice each year but this time he cultivated beans due the lack of water at the beginning of ongoing year.

He said: “Rice needs water each day for the first three months and bean need watering once in a week and we will see the difference in income of the two crops this year.”

Baghlan is second after Kunduz in the northern part of the country where a large number of people are associated with farming and livestock.

Wheat, rice, millet, vertical, watermelon and melon are famous production of the province.

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