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Severe drought: Farah farmers switch to odd labour jobs

Severe drought: Farah farmers switch to odd labour jobs

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23 Jan 2024 - 18:12
Severe drought: Farah farmers switch to odd labour jobs
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23 Jan 2024 - 18:12

FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): Severe drought has forced many farmers in western Farah province to abandon cultivation of crops on their land and migrate to the provincial capital or districts to take odd labour jobs.

These farmers say the drought has paralyzed their life and has left them with no option, but to leave our villages for other districts to win the bread.

A farmer from Bala Buluk district, Mohammad Safar, said: “Crops do not grow in our area due to the drought and there was no work for us, so I left for the district centre to find work and feed my children.”

He said he found work for one or two days in a week and his income was insufficient to feed his family.

Yar Mohammad, a resident of Gulistan district, said if the drought ended and a good irrigation system was established, they would not have to do such odd jobs.

“I migrated to the provincial capital a year ago after crops on my land in Gulistan district dried up due to water scarcity”, he said.

“We are tired of this life, the government must find jobs for us, dozens of laborers daily assemble in the city, but not everyone finds work.”

Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation department officials admit drought related problems and say 11 check dams are being constructed Farah City and some districts which will somehow solve the water shortage problem.

Provincial agriculture director Mullah Abdul Ghani Abed said: “We want to establish drip irrigation system for greenhouses. If we succeeded, much water would be saved.”

Farah has vast flat land suitable for cultivation. However, most of the land in the province is barren.


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