The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.
Editorial

Agriculture; the shortest way to prosperity

Afghanistan is a landlocked and agricultural country, with the majority of people engaged in horticulture and gardening. However, relying on agriculture does not provide them with enough income. Every year, when fruits and vegetables reap after the tireless efforts and expenses of farmers and orchardists, they hope that this time their products will bring good incomes, but due to lack of market, they sell them at the cheapest price and the farmers cannot even cover their own expenses. The farmers and orchardists are forced to sell their fruits and vegetables at very low prices. At this time, their hopes of profit are even negated and their entire effort is just to survive with at least recovering their expenses. Now, abundant fruits have reached many provinces of the country, but it seems that the farmers and orchardists are again grappling with this problem. To get out of this problem, there are two ways: the first is fundamental and long-term while, the second is short-term and urgent. The long-term and fundamental solution to this problem is that we industrialize our agriculture. With the help and cooperation of the government, we should encourage investors across the country to set up factories to produce high-quality fruit juices, jams and other processed products from fresh fruits and vegetables. This will allow fruits and vegetables to be preserved for some time without losing their value. This will not only meet the demands of the farmers but also enhance our food security. On the other hand, instead of the country or transit route, other alternative markets and routes will also be considered, so that farmers, orchard owners, and merchants are protected from harm. In order to combat this problem in the current year and in the near future, it is necessary for all citizens to buy their own country’s fruits and vegetables instead of those from other countries and also encourage others to do the same. Also, besides the government, the media, religious scholars, influential and famous figures and teachers are also responsible for encouraging people to use their fruits and vegetables through constant awareness, and mobilizing different sectors of society to promote the consumption of local agricultural products through sustained public outreach and persuasion.

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.