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Onions yield down, price up in Baghlan

Onions yield down, price up in Baghlan

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29 Sep 2022 - 13:15
Onions yield down, price up in Baghlan
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29 Sep 2022 - 13:15

PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): Onions yield has dropped by 50 percent in northern Baghlan province but its price increased three fold this season, an official said on Thursday.

Wali Amarkhel, spokespersons for the Agriculture and Livestock Department, told Pajhwok Afghan News 103,000 metric tonnes of onions harvested from 2707 hectares land in the province this year.

Onions were cultivated on the same area this year and last year, but this year the yield was down by 50pc.

He said in the initial stage drought and in the later stage unexpected rainfall damaged the onions crop.

He said last year, seven kilograms of onions were sold at 45 afs but this year the same quantity of onion were sold at 150 afs.

“Although the yield had declined and farmers witness losses but the market is in good position and could improve the farmers condition.”

Earlier, Mawlavi Niamatullah, a senior agriculture official, said the rate of seven kilograms of onions were 170 in Baghlan.

Khal Mohammad, a farmer from the Surkh Kotal area, said every year he cultivated onions on 1.5 acres of land.

He said last year he harvested 21 tonnes of onion from 1.5 acres land but this year he harvested nearly five tonnes of onions from the same field.

Baghlan is one of the Afghanistan’s agriculture province where wheat, corn, onion, melon are vastly cultivated.

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