Jujube price doubles in Farah province
The jujube yield has increased in western Farah province and has resulted in higher income for the farmers as the price has doubled up.
The price of one kilogram of jujube ranges between 80 and 160 AFN, compared to last year’s price of 56-80 AFN in the local market.
The province produced 1,470 tons of jujube in 2014 and 1,187 tons this year.
According to Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN), the quality of the fruit has improved which has resulted in a high demand for the fruit both in the domestic product, as well as in Pakistan and India.
An official from the agriculture department, Shah Mohammad, told PAN that India had asked the farmers to avoid spraying the plants with pesticides or fungicides, with Afghan farmers meeting the demand.
According to Mohammad, a jujube orchard needs less agricultural labor and less water, yielding higher income.
“Jujube cultivation is better because it needs low input costs, but has a higher income,” PAN quotes a farmer, adding: “I store the fruit for the next season, when its prices double.”
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