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Wheat production increases this year: Ministry of Agriculture

Sun May 13, 11:42 am

The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) reported an increase in wheat production this year, saying that rain-fed crops would be increased by 50 percent more than last year.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, heavy snow and rainfall during the last winter and the ongoing spring seasons were positive factors in helping the crops grow in the country.

Despite many losses that occurred during the recent rainfall, and despite heavy floods in different parts of the country, the Ministry of Agriculture says the recent rain brought more benefits than harm.

If it rains about 300mm annually, the agricultural productions will increase in the country which contributes positively to the economy, ministry officials said.

Based on official statistics, Afghanistan needs 5.2 to 5.6 million tons of wheat annually, but the record wheat crops obtained from all farms of the country was 4.5 million tons in 2009.  Because of the drought the figure reduced to 3.2 million tons during 2011.

Economic experts believe Afghanistan has the capacity to produce foodstuff for at least 180 million people but during the past ten years the Ministry of Agriculture has not been able to make the country self sufficient.

Afghanistan is an agricultural country and the strengthening of the agricultural sector will provide significant employment to the citizens. Experts say the agriculture sector is an economic growth machine.

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