Tue, Oct

Farmers’ Day marked in Kabul, 3 other provinces


farmerFarmers’ Day was observed on Sunday with exhibitions and concerts in Kabul, Samangan, Herat and Paktika provinces.

Hamidullah Wardak, an organiser, said exhibitions would continue for three days in the Badam Bagh locality of Kabul where agricultural and industrial products would be on display.

He urged the public to consume domestic products to support local business and thereby cooperate with efforts to create more employment opportunities.

The day was also marked in Aibak, the capital of northern Samangan province, where a wide variety of products were showcased and stalls of pesticides set up.

Agriculture Director Mohammad Hassan Dana told Pajhwok Afghan News the aim of such exhibitions was to boost domestic products.

Mohammad Isa, a local businessman, said: “We can easily find market for our products through such exhibitions.” Some concerts were also held in both provinces.

Faqir Ahmad Bayangar, Herat agriculture department head, said the province had made many achievements last year, despite financial hurdles. “Even if the government allocates $100 million, we will spend it in a right way.”

He added around 3,500 tonnes of refined wheat had been distributed to the farmers and 150,000 saplings planted across Herat last year.

Nahid Farid, lawmaker, said Herat needed proper development plans for its agricultural development. “If the government doesn’t have a proper strategy, then it won’t be successful.”

In a separate ceremony in Paktika province, saplings, pesticides and refined seeds were distributed to farmers. Mohammad Fazl, a grower, said majority of people depended on agriculture.

He said it was important to distribute more refined seeds and better quality pesticides to the people. Agricultural officials said yield in the province had increased in recent years.