MEHTARLAM (Pajhwok): The culture of greenhouses has strengthened in eastern Laghman province where increasing agriculture production helped improve the living condition of farmers.
Most of Laghmanis are associated with agriculture and earn their livelihood through this way. The growing trend of greenhouses in the province has satisfied people’s vegetable demand and has improved economic condition of farmers.
According to the provincial Agriculture Department, currently 215 small and large greenhouses exist in the province.
These greenhouses have been created by the Agriculture Department in cooperation with CARDEF Organisation on modern design and in professional manner.
Director Agriculture Affairs Baryali Hamdard said public demand for vegetables in off seasons was being met through greenhouses and the process was underway.
He said most focus on greenhouses was in Mehtarlam and Qarghaio district and efforts were on to extend the trend to other districts as well.
Hikmatyar, a resident of Mehtarlam’s Shagai Kala, said he met all his needs currently from greenhouses.
He told Pajhwok Afghan News his green house was spread over two acres land and its establishment cost 2.5 million afghanin.
Hikmatyar said he earned around 1.5 million annually from harvests in the greenhouse.
Mohammad Farid, a resident of Qarghaio district, said he had constructed 10 greenhouses on his one acre of land.
He added his total investment on the greenhouse was 40,000 afghanis and at least 10 people worked with him in the facilities.
Farid said he grew cucumber, tomatoes, okra and some fruit trees such as kino and orange.
Civil society activists say they are pleased with the development of greenhouses culture in the province.
Javid Masroor, a civil society activist, said greenhouses were reasonable option for growing vegetables and other agriculture product outside their season.
He said majority of farmers lacked modern education regarding greenhouses and they proceeded with this technology traditionally.
Agriculture officials acknowledged the lack of modern education in the field of greenhouses and said efforts were on to educate farmers.
Hamdard said some famers had been provided with greenhouses related education and more farmers would be trained in future.
Situated in the eastern part of the country, Laghman is known as green province having abundant resources of water.