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Afghanistan’s saffron yield 22pc up this year

Afghanistan’s saffron yield 22pc up this year

Dec 11, 2018 - 18:48

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Farmers in Afghanistaninfo-icon harvested 13 tons of saffron yield this season, registering a 22 percent surge over the previous year’s yield, agricultureinfo-icon officials said on Tuesday.

Akbar Rustami, spokesman for the Ministry of Agriculture, said 15.5 acres of land was brought under saffron cultivation and 2,080 pieces of land were used for experiment in 33 provinces of the country.

He said this year 13 tons of saffron was produced, showing a 21 percent increase in production over last year’s.

Rustami said Afghanistan’s saffron was of high quality and its 90 percent harvest was exported to foreign countries.

He said this year 100 saffron drying machines were distributed to farmers, 25 farming schools inaugurated in 25 provinces and 6,000 saffron farmers provided necessary training.

Rustami said 134 million of investment had been made in saffron cultivation and promotion section this year.

Hamdullah Hamdard, secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, said the government was paying attention to the promotion of wheat, rice, pistachio, almond, grapes, vegetables and pomegranate cultivation in the country.

He said Afghanistan has a high agriculture capacity and could export a large amount of agricultural products.

He added the lack of cold storages; reservoirs for agriculture products, lack of canalization, traditional irrigation system were among problems, hampering the agriculture sector’s growth.



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