Afghanistan: Parwan cucumber yields increase by 16 percent

Officials of Parwan Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock say that their prediction shows that Cucumber yields have increased in the province by 16 percent and will reach 2,557 tonnes this year.

Abdul Wahab Khairzad, head of Parwan's Agriculture Department said that Cucumber yields have increased due to the increase of the cultivated area, technical guidance to the farmers, controlling of plant diseases and pest, and ideal climate. 

Mr. Khairzad added, that 825 hectares of land has been allocated for the planting of cucumbers, and that about 2,557 tons will be achieved this year. According to his speech, last year 2,765 hectares of land were cultivated last year, leading to a harvest of 130 tonnes. 

He said that a comparison of the cultivated area shows that the number of cucumber products will increase by 16 percent this year. Meanwhile, Nooruddin, one of the farmers from Davood Village in central Parwan said that the products on his farm looked good this year and that the yield have increased a lot. 

According to him, cucumbers have a special reputation in Parwan, which is known as cucumber of Charikar, and that these cucumbers have a special fragrance that is high in demand in Kabul and local market. A large amount are sold to travellers on the Kabul-north highway. 

Source: Afghanistan Ministry of Agriculture.

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