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Herat records 20pc rise in honey harvest this year

Herat records 20pc rise in honey harvest this year

Dec 29, 2019 - 16:33

HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Agricultureinfo-icon officials in western Herat province on Sunday claimed a 20 percent increase in honey production this year in the province.

Abdul Saboor Rahmani, agriculture director, told Pajhwok Afghan News that beekeeping produced more than 150 tons of honey this year in the province compared to 130 tons last year, showing a 20 percent increase.

He expressed his deep concern over the import of low quality honey from neighboring countries which negatively impacted the country’s honey market.

He said, “Fortunately our honey harvest reached nearly 150 tons this year, but low quality import goods have a negative impact on the agriculture of the country.”

He called for prevention of low quality honey import from neighboring country and urged the countrymen to buy locally produced honey.

Mohammad Arif Wasil, beekeeping association head in Injil district, was happy over the increase in honey production.

He said, “Unfortunately low quality honey is imported from Iran, Turkmenistan, China and Pakistaninfo-icon and one kilogram of honey is sold in Herat for 100 to 150 afghanis as one kilogram of sugar is sold for 50 afghanis, then how it could be possible to sell one kilogram of honey with the above price.”

A number of honey protectors expressed their deep concern over the import of low quality honey to the country and urged the authorities concerned to prevent the imports.

Jalini Farhad, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok efforts were underway to prevent low quality goods from being brought to the province such honey in future.



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