SAR-I-PUL CITY (Pajhwok): Some farmers in northern Sar-i-Pul province have said that due to the lack of rainfall and irrigation water most of their wheat crops were had dried up and eradicated
Wali Mohammad, a farmer from the Sayyad district, said: “This year I grow 140 kilograms of wheat but due to drought and no rainfall lately mine and other farmers’ crops dried up.”
He said he and other farmers who cultivated wheat on rain-fed land may not be able to get yield from their lands because their crops had dried up and they would not be able to collect the grain.
Faiz Mohammad, a farmer from the Aljihad district, said all farmers in this district grew wheat on rain-feed lands and always faced with drought at the end of the year.
He added this year all the farmers hoped that they will collect decent yield from their lands but lately there was not rainfall and most of the crops dried up.
“We ask the government to consider a solution in the face of drought otherwise most people would be affected.”
Abdul Hai, a farmer from the Sayedabad district, said this year he cultivated 350 kilograms of wheat on his lands but unfortunately there was no rain in the spring and here was no water in the river as well.
He believed wheat crops should be at least irrigated four times but this year there was water shortage.
Agriculture Director Qari Abdul Qahar Wahdat acknowledged the concerns of farmers and added farmers witnessed more rains in winter and hoped that they will get decent yield this year but in late winter and spring there were no more rainfall.
He, however, said the issue of drought and eradication of some crops in some areas would be shared with the centre and hoped that affected farmers would get support.