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Sar-i-Pul onion yield up but price down

Sar-i-Pul onion yield up but price down

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Jul 09, 2018 - 20:10

SAR-I-PUL CITY (Pajhwok): Farmers in northern Sar-i-Pul province say onion production has considerably increased in the province over the past three years, but market for the produce remains bearish.

The provincial agricultural department says it has suggested construction of 30 cold storages and once accepted, construction work on the facilities would be launched next year.

Mohammad Halim, a farmer in capital city Sar-i-Pul, told Pajhwok Afghan News that a large number of people had been cultivating onion in their fields since 2016, but income from the crop until that year remained low.

However, in 2017 the onion market was good, thus farmers had good income. Almost all residents of five villages around the city cultivate onion in their land with the total income reaching 30 million afghanis, he said.

He added this year again a large number of people cultivated onion, but they were not happy with the low market. Halim said if the market remained the same, farmers would face with serious problems.

Last year, according to him, the price of 7 kilograms of onion was 150 afghanis, but the same quantity was sold for 40 afghanis today, not even meeting the expenses.

He said if cold storages were constructed, they would keep onion preserved until its price soared in the market.

A number of other farmers held similar views and urged the government to construct cold storages for them.

Eng. Syed Moeenudin, the provincial agricultural department head, told Pajhwok they had suggested construction of 30 cold storages in Sar-i-Pul to the ministry concerned in order to facilitate farmers.

He said once their suggestion was accepted, construction works on the facilities would be launched next year. He said the cold storages would cost $150,000.

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