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Saffron cultivation yields positive result in Kandahar

Saffron cultivation yields positive result in Kandahar

Jan 25, 2020 - 17:26

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): The Agricultureinfo-icon, Irrigation and Livestock Department of southern Kandahar province claims spending 99.67 percent of its budget for the ongoing solar yearinfo-icon.

In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Hafizullah Sayedi, the director of Kandahar Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock department, said that besides the government’s 233 million afghanis, donor organizations also provided 360 million afghanis budget to the department this solar year.

About revenue of his department, he said the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock had set them one million afghanis target but they collected eight million afghanis in revenue this year.

He also shed light on agriculture projects implemented in the province this year and said they distributed 1,100 metric tons of improved quality wheat seed and 400 metric tons of fertilizer to farmers in Kandahar city and districts.

He said his department also distributed 60,000 tree saplings in Kandahar city and districts for greenery.

Sayedi said gardens of pistachio, pomegranate, grapes and other fruits over 1,000 acres of land were also created in the province this year.

He added his department created 110 experimental saffron fields in many districts and now people focused more growing the plant after it produced a good result.

He said 83 small and big size water controlling projects were also implemented which included water reservoirs, small dams and others.

Ninety raisin houses, 30 greenhouses and a laboratory for pest diagnosis were built this solar year, he said.

Sayedi said a large fish farm was also built in Daman district on zonal level and would start functioning in next seven months.

He added that 160,000 baby fishes were distributed to fish farm owners for boosting the industry in the province.

Providing training to 15,000 farmers, distributing agriculture tools to 5,000 farmers, distributing 25,000 grape plants, distribution of 10 machines for land pavement, distributing 250 bee boxes, distributing 1,250 tons of animal feed and 200 goats were other achievements of the agriculture department, he said.

About major projects, he said that a large raisin processing house was built at a cost of $300,000 and was ready for use.

A cold storage with the capacity to store up to 750 metric tons of vegetables is almost complete and would be inaugurated in near future, Sayedi said.

About projects for next 1399 solar year, he said Kandahar Silo Bakery would be repaired and put into service next year.

Kandahar Silo Bakery was built years ago but it was damaged during the conflict.

He said another cold storage with the capacity of storing up to 5,000 metric tons of vegetables would be also built in Kandahar city next year.

Sayedi said seven big poetry farms with each housing 5,000 chickens would be also opened next year in Kandahar province.

Growing date trees on 25,000 acres of land, creating 3,000 new gardens of fruits and 50 new raisin houses would be other projects for next year, he said.



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