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Poppy Cultivation Decreased up to 19 Percent in Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: September 25, 2016)

11111Officials in Ministry of Counter Narcotic Drugs have claimed that poppy cultivation has been decreased up to 19 percent in the country in 2015 comparing to 2014 declaring the main reason of significant achievement was arresting 3000 drug dealers’ suspects.

Officials in Ministry of counter Narcotic drugs in quintet Ministerial session in Kabul have announced that 48 percent drug production has been increased in Afghanistan.

Five countries have gathered in quintet Ministerial session in Kabul city to talk about the burst grounds, poisonous and risky flowers of poppy in Afghanistan.

Minister of counter Narcotic Salamat Azimi said,” Afghanistan Government could decrease 19 percent of poppy cultivation in Afghanistan on 2015 comparing to 2014 this reveals of 48 percent poppy production.”

She said,” the main reasons for decreasing the poppy production and cultivation were seizing of 310 tons of drugs and 3000 drug dealer suspects.”

Ministry of Interior affairs officials have stated that Opium is the main source of war in Afghanistan where Mafia is using its money to keep the war in eruption.

Deputy of the counter Narcotic drug in Ministry of Interior Affairs Baz Mohammad Ahmadi said,” Narcotic drugs are planted in unrest areas of the country from North to East from South to West this has ruined the life of everyone in this country, blustered and busted hands due to poverty are used to incise the drug flowers to gain some money.”

The following quintet session comes after that Afghanistan still holds prior position among the countries in the world.

Reported by FaraNaz Forotan

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Fruit production sees 30 percent increase in Balkh – officials

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(Last Updated On: June 4, 2020)

Officials at the Balkh Department of Agriculture and Livestock say that fruit harvests in the province are up 30 percent compared to that of last year.

Salem Sayi, head of the Balkh Department of Agriculture and Livestock, said that despite strong winds and torrential rains that have damaged trees, fruit yields have increased by 30 percent in comparison to last year.

On the other hand, a number of gardeners in Balkh say that the lack of markets and refrigeration storages have caused them to sell their products at low prices.

The head of the Balkh Department of Agriculture and Livestock said that the Coronavirus crisis had also damaged the horticultural industry and that they could not export fruit to other countries.

Presently, Balkh has 23,000 hectares of agricultural land where a variety of fruit trees are grown.

Officials at the Balkh Agriculture Department say that new orchards are being built on an area of 23,000 acres a year.

They say that 20 refrigeration storages have been built for apple and pomegranate storage, and the construction of new cold storage houses is to be assumed this year.

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Covid-19 impacts; Afghanistan’s exports on hold

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(Last Updated On: June 3, 2020)

Afghanistan’s exports to other countries have been stalled due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus and no alternatives have been considered yet.

The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Investment (ACCI) blames the government for failing to remove hurdles in Afghanistan’s exports, saying that the private sector will lose millions of dollars if trade with neighboring countries does not resume.

Officials in ACCI say that trade routes with neighboring countries have been blocked since the outbreak of the coronavirus, and the government has failed to find alternatives.

On the other hand, experts attribute the lack of work capacity in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of Afghanistan to the decline in exports to other countries.

“Officials at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of Afghanistan have failed to come up with a basic plan for exports and investment in the country,” experts say.

With the outbreak of the Coronavirus in the country, a number of countries, including Iran and Pakistan, have closed their borders with Afghanistan.

In addition to the cessation of Afghanistan’s exports, this act sparked prices to rise domestically.

Meanwhile, experts and traders believe that the government should look for alternative ways to keep the drift of export and import alive.

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Unprecedented growth in watermelon harvest – Farah

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(Last Updated On: June 2, 2020)

This year, more than 789,000 tons of watermelon will be harvested in Farah province.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock said that the figure is up 6 percent compared to that of last year.

Officials at the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock say that this year’s watermelon harvest in Farah province will be 789,400 metric tons. According to the officials, about 19,000 hectares of land have been cultivated  for watermelon in Farah province this year.

Meanwhile, a number of farmers in Farah province are worried about the lack of markets for the watermelon products.

They say that if there is no market, their products will be wasted.

This comes as a number of farmers in the province say that if the government doesn’t support the marketing of watermelon products in this province, their products will be destroyed this year.

Officials in the Chamber of Commerce and Investment have criticized the government, saying that the Ministry of Commerce should have previously marketed domestic products.

According to them, the government’s negligence will discourage farmers from producing crops.

They say South Asian countries are the best market for watermelon, but claim that Pakistan has blocked the export of the product to a number of countries.

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