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War damages 80pc of Kandahar’s Arghandab farms

War damages 80pc of Kandahar’s Arghandab farms

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2 Feb 2021 - 19:43
War damages 80pc of Kandahar’s Arghandab farms
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2 Feb 2021 - 19:43

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Local officials say 80 percent of families in 39 villages of Arghandab district of southern Kandahar province have been displaced and 80 percent of their farms damaged in recent conflicts.

Located eight kilometers north of Kandahar city, the provincial capital, Arghandab district has been the scene of violent clashes between Afghan forces and Taliban insurgents for the last four months.

Arghandab district chief, Eng. Mohammad Sharif, told Pajhwok Afghan News that residential areas, farms and welfare facilities were severely damaged during the recent fights in the district.

Militants have planted bombs on all roads of the district, rendering local residents unable to commute, he said.

He said the militants used people’s houses and gardens as their bastions. The ongoing conflict caused displacement of 80 percent of families from 39 villages of the district, he said.

Besides the displacement, the war also damaged 80 percent of people’s farms, dealing a huge blow to Kandahar’s economy, he added.

Sharif said that 90 percent of the land in the district was cultivated with pomegranate gardens and the rest with wheat, corn, pulse and other vegetables.

The war in Arghandab district intensified when pomegranate harvest season approached, he said, adding that in addition to pests, the war doubled the damage to the fruit.

Farmers were unable to grow corps in fall and winter seasons due to conflicts and they now waiting for their areas to be cleared of militants to facilitate their return, Sharif added.

He said that a large scale operation was underway in the district and areas cleared of militants would be protected by police forces.

Tribal elders in the district also say that people have suffered huge financial and human losses as result of war and the provincial administration should pay attention to the matter.

Mira Jan, a resident of the district, told Pajhwok that first of all the displaced people should be assisted before reconstruction of roads and facilities destroyed in war.

He said that they have shared these issues with the provincial administration for their attention.

Kandahar governor’s spokesman, Baheer Ahmadi, said that Governor Rohullah Khanzada has heard problems and suggestions of Arghandab people and has assured them of action.

Kandahar police chief, Gen. Tadin Khan said that the district would be cleared from militants in the next few days and people would be able to return to their homes.

He said that Afghan forces were careful during their operation to avoid damage to civilians.


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