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Bamyan farmers expect bumper crops this year

Bamyan farmers expect bumper crops this year

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May 11, 2019 - 18:10

BAMYAN CITY (Pajhwok): A number of farmers and livestock owners in central Bamyan province term recent rainfalls as useful and hope their agricultureinfo-icon harvests would increase compared to last year.

Drought last year affected agriculture and livestock in most provinces of the country, with farmers, livestock owners and gardeners incurring great losses.

Abdul Rahman, one of Bamyan farmers, told Pajhwok Afghan News that all farmers were hopeful they would collect more yield current year considering the heavy snowing and rains in winter last solar yearinfo-icon.

He said the majority of Bamyan residents were farmers and livestock owners and their productivity relied on irrigation water and rains.

Abdul Hussain, another farmer, said the current climate was good for agriculture and farmers would not complain about drought.

However, he said around 90 percent of Bamyan farmers still used traditional methods for irrigation and harvesting due to a lack of machinery and improved quality seeds.

Mohammad Ashraf Nitaqi, promotion manager at Bamyan agriculture department, said they distributed 150,000 metric tons of improved quality seeds and 360 metric tons of fertilizer to 6,000 farmers since the beginning of the current solar year.

He said that 200 metric tons of improved seeds were distributed through the Worldinfo-icon Food Program and Food Security Project and another 270 metric tons of the seeds would be distributed to farmers in autumn.

Eng. Abdul Wahab Mohammadi, Bamyan agriculture director, said that around 16,000 hectares of rain-fed land and around 6,000 hectares of other arable land was brought under cultivation this year, with orchards covering around 7,000 hectares of land.

He said the rainfed land produced around 100,000 tons of wheat, the irrigated land more than 12,000 tons of wheat, around 6,000 tons of vegetables, 316,000 tons of potatoes and 4,000 tons of fruits in Bamyan last year.

“We hope agriculture harvests would increase in Bamyan this year, the climate for agriculture is good and enough water is available this year,” he concluded.

A number of farmers were also hopeful they would collect bumper corps this year.

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