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Helmand farmers switching to wheat cultivation

Farmers in Helmand, world’s largest opium-producing region, had cultivated wheat on about 100,000 hectares of land this year. In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN), Agriculture Director Rohullah Rawan said distribution of seeds to farmers and public awareness

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Poppy cultivation decreased in Helmand

According to local officials, poppy cultivation has been curtailed in Helmand, Afghanistan’s leading producer of opium. The officials have credited the efforts by the security forces in destroying poppy fields and opium production facilities for the decline in poppy cultivation

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High Unemployment Rate hits Helmand Province

Afghan government officials have expressed concerns over the high unemployment rate that has fueled insecurity in southern Helmand province. About 65% of Helmand population is currently unemployed, according to a survey by Labor and Social Affairs officials. Unemployment has resulted

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Poppy harvests season attracts unemployed Afghans

The warm weather offers the most suitable climate for poppy cultivation in the southern Helmand province. Unemployment in the province has caused many Afghan young men to seek job opportunities in harvesting the poppy fields that will later become opium.

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Helmand farmers in search of foreign markets for their products

Cotton, saffron, raisin and almond are the common agricultural products in southern Helmand. Director of agriculture in Helmand, Eng. Abdullah Ahmadzai, said his department is making efforts to look for foreign markets for the agricultural products of Helmand. Mr. Ahmadzai

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