The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Tough life in challenging geography of Bamyan

Bamyan province, known as the Natural Prison, is characterized by its cold and rugged nature. The cold weather of Bamyan directly impacts agriculture, the main economic foundation of its residents. Throughout Bamyan, farmers can only harvest for a maximum of one season from their land. Due to its mountainous terrain, impassable transportation routes in Bamyan pose limitations and hardships in the lives of its people. “The people in the province devote all their efforts to survive, rather than living in the modern and standard ones. Given its situation, Bamyan cannot be called a developed province, as its people are still in the ruthless grip of nature, often falling victim to natural disasters. Apart from traditional farming and animal husbandry, there is no other source of income for the deprived residents of the province. “Considering the unfavorable geographical conditions, the province is in dire need of development. Attention should be paid to improving its cultural and social structures, while necessary measures should be taken to improve its high economic potential for the betterment of people’s lives. Furthermore, this week, various animal products have been showcased in collaboration with the Netherland Committee in Bamyan. The head of the Committee in Bamyan stated that exchanging experiences among herdsmen and introducing them to new technologies is one of the objectives of this program. “We have invited farmers from different villages and introduced them to new technologies, including a wool-spinning machine that works either by electricity or a battery,” said Mohammad Yousuf Haidari, the head of the Netherland Committee in Bamyan. Carpets, clothing, and other necessary products made from animal wool are showcased in this exhibition, fulfilling the needs of the people in Bamyan. “We haven’t used these products before, and we weren’t familiar with using them, but whatever is offered, we can learn and make use of it,” said Sayed Mohammad, a resident of Bamyan. “Animal husbandry has improved significantly in the past years. Unfortunately, animal husbandry has decreased by 30% over the last two years,” said Sayed Saadat Alamy, the manager of livestock at the Bamyan Agriculture Directorate. Based on the information provided by the Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock Directorate of Bamyan, over 50% of the residents in the province are engaged in animal husbandry, providing the majority of their livelihood expenses. Saida Ahmadi

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.