LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A number of farmers and agriculture department officials say that peach yield has significantly increased and poppy cultivation reduced for the first time in southern Helmand province.
Around 95 peach gardens have been established in different parts of Helmand, including one in Nawa district which produces one ton peach each day.
Owner of the garden in Nawa district, Gul Agha, told Pajhwok Afghan News that for the first time peach yield had surged considerably.
“We supply nearly one ton of peach to the market every day and the taste of the fruit peaches is very good compared to the peaches of other countries,” he added.
Another farmer Musa Jan said peach was very beneficial than poppy cultivation. “Peach production is profitable and have a good market, we have one garden and efforts are underway to set up more,” he informed.
Agha Mohammad, another owner of a peach garden, held similar views and said the agriculture department should help farmers increase the fruit yield further.
“Peach cultivation is new in Helmand and we are not familiar with its growth, but still we received good yield from it. If the agriculture department cooperates with us in this regard, the yield would further increase,” he remarked.
Regarding the significant yield of peach this season, provincial agriculture director Zalmay Aloko said Helmand produced good yield of peach and peach gardeners would earn millions of afghanis from the yield as the market was good.
According to Aloko, about 95 peach gardens have been established on 103 acres of land and 150 acres more land would be allocated to peach gardens as well.
Grafted and inseminated 30 years ago, date trees in Helmand also produced a significant yield this year.