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Above 60 types of fresh fruits go on display

Above 60 types of fresh fruits go on display

Aug 07, 2018 - 18:25

Naheed Bashardost
KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Agricultureinfo-icon, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) opened an agricultural exhibition of different domestically grown fruits and vegetables in capital Kabul on Monday.
The exhibition showcased around 55 types of fresh fruits including apricot, peach, plum, apple, pear, grapes, fig, melon and watermelon and 15 types of vegetables such as pepper, tomato, mint, pumpkin, eggplant, cucumber and some others.
Agriculture Minister Nasir Ahmad Durrani during the exhibition’s opening ceremony said that agricultural products on display were the outcome of the ministry’s research and promotion of horticulture project.
He said MAIL planned to cover more than 60,000 acres of land for promotion of horticulture in the country in coming years.
Durrani said around 25,000 gardens of different fruits were promoted under the National Horticulture and Livestock Project (NHLP) over the last three years.
“Some gardens in half an acre of area contain 400 trees, if one tree produces around seven kilograms of fruit, one garden can produce 2.7 tons of fruit which is a good income source for farmers,” he said.
He added growing and promoting vegetables had created work for more than 200,000 womeninfo-icon in the country. The country’s agricultural products increased by 24 percent in the second quarter of the ongoing year, the minister said.
However, he said shortage of irrigation water was a major problem facing wheat, and rice crops in the country.
Abdul Sammad Kamavi, NHLP project head, said the fruits and vegetables displayed at today’s exhibition had good market inside and outside of the country.
He said NHLP was helping farmers to learn new horticulture techniques to increase their production and improve quality.


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