KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Agriculture officials in northern Kunduz province say almond weighing 6,500 metric tons has so far been harvested in the province this year — three percent up over last year’s yield.
Majid Nafiz, cultivation affairs in charge at the Kunduz Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Department, told Pajhwok Afghan News that almond production in the province was 6,162 metric tons last year compared to 6,501 metric tons this year.
He said the figures showed the fruit’s production increased by three percent this year. The provincial capital and Imam Sahib, Chahardara, Khanabad and Qalazal districts of Kunduz are areas that produced great quantity of almond, he added.
Nafiz said suitable climate and availability of irrigation water were reasons behind the increased almond harvest.
On the other hand, Kunduz farmers complain about the lack of market for their crops.
Mohammad Jaafar, one of them, told Pajhwok that almond production this year was high in the province but had no good market due to coronavirus pandemic.
“Air flights and ground transportation to many countries remain halted, so there is no good market for almond this year,” he said.
He said as the almond production was high this year, the government should help traders find buyers for the dried fruit.
He said the price of a kilogram of almond in Kunduz hovered between 2,000 afghanis to 8,000 afghanis, depending on quality.
Khan Mohammad, an almond grower in Chaharadar district, said, “There were no untimely rains this year, the buds remained unaffected in trees that was the reason of high production.”
There are many types of almond farmed in Kunduz province and they are locally known as Starbayee, Khairudini, Qamari and Nani.