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Proper Seasonal Effective Rainfall Behind Dried Fruits Increase

Sunday August 14, 2016

Kabul (BNA) Dried fruits yielded much this year, as the farmers believed enough seasonal rainfall had been behind the growth compared to the last year.
Fruits including almond, pistachio, raisin and pea have unprecedentedly increased this year, as Ahmad Jan, a farmer seems to have been contented by his almond orchard’s yields in 2016. “I can pick 28 to 70 kilograms of almond from a single tree, if the year was with enough rain all over the spring,” he said. Each kilo of almond is sold from 500 to 700 Afghanis in the Kabul market Kabul Market has a proper stock-place through which, for all types of dried fruits, including pistachio, almond, walnuts, pea etc, are exported to other areas at home and abroad. Under a proper atmosphere and rainy season this year, dried fruits could yield higher than the past year, said Haji Khair Mohammad, a farmer and in charge of the dried fruits seller union, in northeastern Kunduz province, where he said some 50 percent the almond from his orchard have been increased.
According to him, the dried fruits are mostly exported to India, Iran and Pakistan. Reports said right now, a seven kilogram of almond is sold in 3000 to 7000 Afghanis in Kunduz, where farmers recently complained about poor security and growing insurgency, forcing many of them leave the province. An official to the provincial agriculture department said some 8000 tons of almond are predictable to be picked from vast areas covered by almond trees in over 2760 hectares of arable lands in the province and then exported to foreign countries. Almond is one of the most prolific fruit in the country, with high health positive impact, but a Kabul citizen, Maryam said it was too difficult to purchase and use the precious nut for its higher price compared to other fruits. Another citizen, Usmat said all dried fruits are sold in high price in the country’s market and ordinary citizens can’t purchase them regularly, for their highly export outside the country.
Shukria Kohistani
 

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