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Wheat & barley production up in Nimroz

Wheat & barley production up in Nimroz

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Jul 11, 2017 - 15:15

ZARANJ (Pajhwok): Wheat and barley production has increased two times in southeastern Nimroz province this year, an official said on Tuesday.

Agricultureinfo-icon Director Mohammad Akbar Sharifi, in an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, said the yield all crops, especially wheat, was good this year.

Last year 25,000 tonnes of wheat and barley was collected by farmers, but this year 60,000 tonnes more than a double have been yielded, he said.

Abundant rains at the end of the year and the absence of natural disasters were the main reasons behind the increased production of wheat and barley.

Rivers Helmand and Khashrod had ample water over the past three months. This year, water remained available for five month, with growers making use of the resource.

Wheat and barley are planted in October and November and harvested in May.

Satisfied with the quality and yield of wheat, growers say most of people used flour imported from Pakistaninfo-icon, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.

Mohammad Sarwar, 40, a resident of Chakhansour district, said last year he had reaped two tonnes of wheat from 10 acres of land. But this year he collected five tonnes from six acres.

“This year, rains were so good and the River Khashrod water flow had been satisfactory for five months. Additionally, the crop was not attacked by diseases,” he said.

“Unfortunately, the people of Nimroz use less wheat than flour. Only residents of the districts use wheat and the people of Zaranj prefer imported flour and this is why the crop receives less attention.”

Sharifi confirmed most of the people made bread from imported flour.

According to the agriculture department’s estimate, Nimroz has a population of 500,000, with each person consuming 160 kg of wheat a year.

Farmers are forced to transport their wheat to neighboring provinces for sale due to the fact that a number of the people of Nimroz use imported flour.

sa/mud

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