KABUL: (MEO) – Farmers in Kunduz have witnessed an incredible increase in their melon production this year, wadsam reported.
Khair Mohammad, a grower from Chahar Dara district, said his one acre of land produced 20-30 melons due to pest attacks in 2012, but the same area yielded 1,000 to 1,200 melons this year.
“I have sold more than 2,000 watermelons from two acres of land at a reasonably good price,” Pajhwok Afghan News quotes a farmer from Aliabad district, Rahmuddin. One watermelon earned 70 AFN on average.
On the other hand, melons in Jawzjan have been badly damaged by flies once again.
Last year, the damage caused by pests attacks was much greater. According to a farmer, 60% of his production had been damaged.
Farmers in Kunduz province called on the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock to provide medicine for farmers during the cultivation season against possible pest attacks and diseases.