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Afghanistan’s rice yield goes up by 4pc this year

Afghanistan’s rice yield goes up by 4pc this year

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Dec 27, 2018 - 13:18

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Agricultureinfo-icon Irrigation and Livestock (MoAIL) says the production of rice has increased by four percent this year despite a drought in the country.

A joint survey, conducted by the Central Statistical Bureau and Agriculture Ministry using the geographic information system (GIS), revealed the hike in rice yield.

Based on the survey, this year the total area under rice cultivation was 117,540 hectares of land, which produced 352,000 metric tons of rice. A seven percent increase was recorded in the land under cultivation and a four percent surge in production.

A statement from the ministry said the country’s annual demand for rice was 574,000 tons, while the domestic yield amounted to 352,000 tons --leaving a shortfall of 222,000 tons.

According to the statistics, total rice imports in the first three quarters of the year stood at 180,000 tons, worth $92 million.

Rice is cultivated in 81 district of 17 province, included Kunduz, Baghlan, Takhar Nangarhar, Laghman, Kunar, Balkh, Herat, Badghis, Badakhshan, Khost, Paktia, Daikundi, Uruzgan, Kabul, Bamyan and Sar-i-Pul.

Kunduz is the top rice-producing province, with 48,229 hectares of farms yielding 3.36 tons of per hectare.

The ministry has spent 2.9 billion afghanis on implementing 235 projects and 1.2 million have farmers benefited from irrigation water during the ongoing year.

sa/mud

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