Improved wheat seeds distributed in Samangan.
Improved wheat seeds and chemical fertilizers were distributed to
farmers on Sunday in the northern province of Samangan, officials said.
Eighty-seven tonnes of improved wheat seeds, the same amount of
Di-ammonium Phosphate (DAP), a fertilizer, and 176 tonnes of urea,
provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), are to be given to 1,750 farmers in Roy Do Aab district, deputy
director of the agriculture, irrigation and livestock department, Noor
Muhammad, told Pajhwok Afghan News. The purpose of the better seeds and
fertilizer was to increase crop production and cultivate hardier and
more improved seeds, he said. The local wheat seed varieties which have
been cultivated in the area over the past half century can be easily
infected by diseases and attacked by pests and are no longer as
productive as they once were, he added. He urged farmers who received
the improved seeds to grow them in their fields so that other farmers
would be able to benefit from the next year. Each farmer with between 1
acres to 5 acres of land would receive 50 kilograms of seed and the same
amount of DAP and 100 kg of urea, all for 1,500 afghanis, 65 percent
less than market price, he added. "If the improved seeds adapt to
the cold weather, I would plant all of my fields with the improved wheat
and give the rest to other farmers," a farmer of the district, 34,
Noorul Hoda, said. "I have 5.5 acres of land, but the seed and
fertilizers I received are sufficient for only once acre of land,"
he added. There are more than 9.67 million acres of irrigated land and
40,000 acres of land which is naturally irrigated by rain in the
district. The aid is enough only for 1,750 acres of land, a resident of
the district, Mullah Mostaan, said. The aid was allocated by the
Ministry of Agriculture. Currently it can not be increased, but in
spring, the rest of the farmers would receive improved seeds, officials
of the agriculture department said
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