JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Roses yield from the three districts of eastern Nangarhar province may reach 250 tonnes this year with 30 percent increase in annual production comparing to last year, an official said on Monday.
One kilogram of rose flowers are purchased against 60 afs by the Afghan Rose body and through this way up to 15 million afs will go to the farmers pockets.
Meanwhile farmers were also happy that they received decent profit from roses cultivation.
Agriculture Department Spokesperson Ajmal Subhani told Pajhwok Afghan News roses grew on over 210 acres land in Achine, Spin Ghar and Dara-i-Noor districts.
He said as a result of the Agriculture Department efforts a body called ‘Afghan Rose’ was established which collected roses from farmers and processed the product in its factories.
He said last year 188 tonnes of roses yield was collected that through which 12 million afs revenue went to the pockets of farmers.
Farmers were also happy that they received cultivated roses on a small piece of land and through decent profit was generated.
Azizullah, a farmer from the Achin district, who cultivated roses on his land said this programme should be expanded to other areas as well. There was need for more factories and companies to strengthen this scheme which will help generate more jobs opportunities for the people =.
It is pertinent to mention that in Nangarhar the roses cultivation scheme was launched 10 years back by the German Agro Action Organization.