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Helmand farmers happy with melon, watermelon yield

Helmand farmers happy with melon, watermelon yield

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Jul 29, 2019 - 17:32

LASHARGAH (Pajhwok): Farmers in southern Helmand province are happy with melon and watermelon yield this year, but complain about no reasonable market price.

Helmand agricultureinfo-icon department officials say around 5,000 hectors of land was cultivated with melon and watermelon in the province this season.

He said the land produced 52,000 tons of watermelon and 69,000 tons of melon, showing a 20 percent increase compared to the previous year.

Gul Ahmad, a watermelon and melon grower, told Pajhwok Afghan News his crop was good compared to last year following rains which had a positive impact on their crops.

He said though their yield increased because of rains but he was not happy with the market price.

He said had they good market and cold storages inside the country, they would have exported their produce to foreign countries as well.

He also expressed his deep concern over forcing farmers to give money to powerful individuals and police on highways.

Agriculture director Eng. Zalmay Aloko expressed his satisfaction with this year’s watermelon and melon yield and said watermelon yield surged by 17 percent and melon 21 percent compared to the previous years.

He said efforts were underway to construct fundamental cold storages in the province in cooperation with the central capital.

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