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Jawzjan: Rakia who saves her family from hunger

Jawzjan: Rakia who saves her family from hunger

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Jun 19, 2019 - 18:38

SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): A 28-year-old woman meets her family’s economic needs by cultivating vegetables in her house and selling her produce in northern Jawzjan province.

Rakia, an illiterate woman, has been cultivating different types of vegetables over the past eight years and she has become self-sufficient due to hard work after her family suffered from hunger.

She is inhabitant of Yaka Pata village of Shiberghan City, the provincial capital, and lives with a six-member family.

In an exclusive chat with Pajhwok Afghan News, Rakia said: “I have been doing agricultural activities since eight years and meet economic expenses of my family and I’m satisfied with my work.”

She said she had worse economic condition before starting own business. “We have a huge yard in our house and I cultivate vegetables such as potato, onion, spinach, tomato, cucumber and eggplant.”

Initially she was not familiar with cultivation but had learnt the basics with guidance of agricultural department officials.

Morther of Rakia said she sometimes helped her daughter in vegetables affairs. “We are very happy with our economic condition.”

Rakia said her father helped her in selling vegetables and she collected 15,000 to 20,000 afghanis from her crops monthly.

Halima, an agricultureinfo-icon department official, said several poor families in Jawzjan had been trained in field of agriculture over the past eight years and 800 womeninfo-icon were now engaged in cultivation.

She informed a huge amount of vegetables being sold in Shiberghan city was produced by women.

She said educational programs for promotion of agricultural activities among rural women continued to help more families become self-sufficient.

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