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Logar farmers seek market for onion crop

Logar farmers seek market for onion crop

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Oct 03, 2018 - 17:24

PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): Satisfied with their onion produce this season, farmers in central Logar province on Wednesday complained they sold seven kilograms of the onion for 30 afghanis (less than $0.5) only.

Sher Khan, a resident of Purk area of Pul-i-Alam, the provincial capital, told Pajhwok Afghan News he harvested a good yield from his onion farms spread over 1.3 acres of land this year.

“I spent a lot amount of money and efforts on growing onion this year, but now when I want to sell them, there is no market for that,” he said.

He said last year he sold a bag of 112 kilograms of onion for 3,000 Pakistani rupees, but this year the same amount of onion was sold for less than 900 rupees.

Khan said now the wholesale price of seven kilograms of the onion was 30 afghanis.

A farmer from Daudkhel area of the provincial capital, Azizullah, said that he had been cultivating onion on his seven acres of land for the past one decade.

“I earned three million rupees last year from onion farming, but now the demand is very low,” he said.

Zarin Khan, a farmer from Abbazak area of Mohammad Agha district, said that he spent 100,000 afghanis on cultivation of onion on his 2.5 acres of land.

“I thought I will earn enough to feed my family as I did in the past years, but the demand for onion is very low this year, I wonder how to sell my crop,” he said.

Sayed Ahmad, head of a farmers association in Logar, said that farmers would suffer millions of afghanis loss if no market was found for onions.

“Farmers in general have a poor economic situation, and if they suffer losses in crops, it would be very painful for them, I ask the government to sign contracts with other countries for buying Afghanistaninfo-icon onion,” he said.

A large number of other farmers in Logar made similar complaints and asked the government to find market for their onion produce as well as build cold storages in the province.

Logar agricultureinfo-icon, irrigation and livestock director, Din Mohammad Mahmand, told Pajhwok that farmers cultivated onion on 12 hectares of land in the province every year.

He said: “The market for onion this year is not good and the main reason I think is uneasy political relations between Afghanistan and Pakistaninfo-icon.”

H said he would try to find markets for Logar onion but stressed the government leaders should find markets for the crop outside the country.

According to Logar agriculture, irrigation and livestock department, the province produced 38,000 tons of onion last year.

Besides Logar, farmers in Farah and a number of other provinces also complain about lack of market for onion and as a result they incurred losses.

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