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Ghazni Wheat Yield hit by Water Scarcity

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Ghazni Wheat Yield hit by Water Scarcity

afghanistan wheatFarmers in Ghazni are in woe as their wheat yields have drastically reduced due to lack of seasonal rains.

Hamidullah, a farmer from Deh Yak District, said he harvested 980kg of wheat from his land this year compared to 3,500kg in previous years. He claimed the lower agriculture output is because irrigated lands through water pumps have impacted crops.

Some farmers linked poor agriculture produces to water shortage and lack of access to high-yield seeds.

In previous years, farmers were provided with chemical fertilizers and high-quality seeds.

“We were not provided better seeds and fertilizers this year. When we approached the agriculture department they said they did not have the resources. The seeds we use now are of poor quality imported from India and Pakistan,” said Asadullah from Rashikhel area of Ander district.

Agriculture director, Sultan Husain Abasyar, acknowledged that there was 30-40 percent reduction in wheat yields in some areas of the province.

He also blamed the poor farm productivity in Kariz due to water scarcity, dusty weather, unseasonal rain, hails and the poor economic conditions of farmers.

Mr. Abasyar added that their department has reconstructed a big water dam in Kavian area of Deh Yak district, which would meet irrigation requirements of the farmers.

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