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Hybrid seeds to improve productivity, incomes in Nangarhar

Hybrid seeds have been recently introduced in Nangarhar province. The Nangarhar Canal Company has initiated the production and distribution of hybrid fresh vegetable seeds in collaboration with Hilal Group on approximately 140 acres of land within Farm Hada, located in the 2nd district of Jalalabad City. Mawlavi Ghulam Rahman Kazim, Chairman of the Nangarhar Canal Company, highlighted the successful establishment of 101 greenhouses, yielding positive outcomes with minimal resources investment. The greenhouses are cultivating a variety of crops including sorghum, saffron, cucumber, and tomato, with a daily output of 350 tons of cucumbers alone. These crops are set to enter the market in the upcoming days. Greenhouse specialist Mohammad Shakib Yousefi outlined the meticulous process involved in nurturing and hybridizing various vegetable and fruit seeds from foreign origins within the greenhouses. The initiative aims to reduce costs for farmers while promoting self-sufficiency in the country. The ongoing hybridization efforts cover a range of crops, such as tomato, cucumber, plantain, onion, black bean, ginger, corn, and melon among others. The proliferation of greenhouse construction projects by various entities, particularly in Nangarhar and the neighboring eastern provinces, is proving beneficial with increased yields, off-season harvesting, reduced dependence on pesticides, and enhanced disease prevention. Before receiving proper training, numerous individuals venture into constructing greenhouses without fully comprehending the essential requirements for such projects. Lack of knowledge regarding the appropriate environmental conditions, effective air conditioning, and the specific needs of plants often results in financial losses. Conversely, acquiring adequate training can optimize agricultural land usage, ensuring high-quality output. The harvest from these greenhouses, comprising tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers, commands a favorable price in the market. Farmers express contentment towards governmental efforts in providing beneficial seeds to enhance crop production, hopeful for prompt availability and subsequent benefits. Akif Sherzad, a resident of Sherzad district of Nangarhar, underscored the transformative impact of improved security measures and a shift away from poppy cultivation. Commending the governmental initiative, Sherzad emphasized the significance of mitigating natural disasters’ impact on crops. In the meantime, Fazal Malik, a resident of Dara-e-Noor district, anticipated the resolution of familial challenges through the introduction of new seeds. Encouraged by the Nangarhar Canal Company’s agricultural initiatives, Malik expected increasing agricultural productivity and urged the government to expedite seed distribution across villages while advocating for affordable prices to facilitate access for all farmers. The widespread adoption of hybrid seeds has garnered favor not only among farmers but also among consumers. Hamid, a Jalalabad city resident, lauded the canal department’s innovative approaches utilizing hybrid seeds and greenhouses, resulting in increased vegetable availability at affordable rates. The project’s impact extends beyond cultivation, providing employment opportunities for ten previously unemployed youths. It is worth mentioning that the Nangarhar Canal Company, considered as a crucial project in the province, offers substantial economic benefits for the government and bolsters employment prospects. Zakirullah Sahibzada

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