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Onion brings smile to growers in Kandahar

Onion brings smile to growers in Kandahar

Nov 05, 2019 - 16:09

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Farmers in southern Kandahar province report a three-fold increase in onion yield this season over last year’s harvest --- a major export to Pakistaninfo-icon and India.

Farmers cultivated onion in Dand, Daman, Zheri and Panjwai districts and are now pleased with the yield and the price.

A farmer in Dand district, Mohammad Amin, told Pajhwok Afghan News that onion was cultivated in their district in the past as well but it had no good bazaar.

He voiced pleasure over this year’s onion yield and expressed happiness about the market both domestic and aboard.

Mohammad Afzal, another grower, expressed similar views and added that around 14 kilograms of onion was sold for 100 afghanis this year but the same quantity had been sold for 10 to 15 afghanis last year.

He said mostly onion was exported to neighboring Pakistan and some provinces of the country. He said farmers were happy with the onion production and market this year compared to last year.

He urged the government to construct cold storages for Kandahar agricultural products in Kandahar City, the provincial capital, and districts.

Agricultureinfo-icon Director Sayed Hafizullah told Pajhwok Afghan News that onion crop harvest had recorded a three-fold increase compared to last year’s, saying the crop was cultivated on 15,000 hectors of land and 60,000 metric tons of onion would be collected until the end of this year. He also promised further facilities for famers in this.

A number of growers said they were happy with the onion yield and price.



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