The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Prevention of poppy helps increase wheat cultivation countrywide

The country’s Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock has informed of the surge in wheat cultivation in the country. This comes after the Islamic Emirate has banned poppy cultivation across the country. In a statement issued by the ministry has said that Afghanistan produced 3.4 million Metric Tons (MT) of wheat this solar year showing a considerable surge in the wheat yield production comparing to the last year. The statement added that there was a 13 percent increase in the wheat yield this year comparing to the last year. “This year 35.4 million MT of wheat were produced nationwide in which 3.8 million MT were irrigated wheat yield and 548,000 MT were rain-fed,” the ministry said, adding that this year wheat was cultivated on over 2 million hectares land out of which 34.1 million hectares was irrigated and 680,000 hectares was rain-fed. Kandahar, Herat, Helmand and Kunduz have been considered as the leading provinces in wheat cultivation this year. This comes that Afghanistan’s annual wheat demand stands at 6.6 million MT. Helmand, Kunduz are the provinces that cultivated the most irrigated wheat while Panjshir, Samangan and Nuristan cultivated the least irrigated wheat. The ministry has said Faryab and Takhar are the provinces which have the leading rain-fed wheat cultivation while Nangarhar and Bamyan provinces have the least wheat cultivation. According to the report this year there was a 4.4 percent expansion in the irrigated lands and a 15 percent expansion in the rain-fed lands. The Ministry of Agriculture has put a range of reasons for the surge in wheat yield production in the country. It has been said that the prevention of poppy cultivation, increase of agricultural areas, timely distribution of wheat refined seeds and chemical fertilizers, assistance to farmers through the distribution of agricultural tools and machines, and encouragement of farmers are the main reasons behind surge in the wheat cultivation in the country. Although most farmers are still going for the traditional methods they had learned for many years, wheat yield production will further increase if they use the modern system of agriculture. Agriculture plays a critical role in transforming economies to reach the goal of self-sufficiency, along with achieving other essential development goals like ensuring food security and improving nutrition. Decades of using the same agricultural methods have left the country’s agriculture system undeveloped. Agriculture is the mainstay of Afghanistan’s economy. Droughts have somehow hindered the country’s agricultural success, as has the lack of modern farming techniques. Most of the revenue comes from agriculture in Afghanistan, and the whole economy of Afghanistan is not industrialized as much as it is agriculture and agricultural products. To end the current hunger and undernutrition while accelerating economic growth, agricultural transformation must become a reality in Afghanistan. With the Islamic Emirate takeover, particular attention has been paid to the country’s agriculture as today we witness a surge in wheat cultivation in the country. S.Raqib

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.