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57 garden projects implemented on rain-fed land in Takhar

57 garden projects implemented on rain-fed land in Takhar

Apr 20, 2017 - 15:24

TALOQAN (Pajhwok): National Horticulture and Livestock Project (NHLP) officials in the northeastern region of the country say 57 garden projects worth 50 million afghanis have been implemented on rain-fed land in Takhar province.

Mohammad Ghulam Mullahkhel, NHLP head for the northeastern region, told Pajhwok Afghan News that digging up wells and extracting water through solar energy were part of the projects executed in Takhar.

“We implemented 57 projects for establishing gardens on rain-fed lands over the past two years. These projects have significantly changed people’s lives. Economic stability and improving farmer skills in horticulture is the goal of this programme,” he added.

Each project covered five to 25 acres of land planted with fruit trees and cultivated with wheat and other crops, according to Mullahkhel, who revealed 25 more such projects worth 25 million afghanis would be executed in the next two years.

Najibullah, a resident of Sarayang area of Taloqan, the provincial capital, said the Ministry of Agricultureinfo-icon, Livestock and Irrigation (MALI)’s NHLP initiative had established a garden for him on 13 acres of land.

“It was arid land, the NHPL provided us with water and then it built us a solar system, enabling us to draw water for irrigation. We have planted almond trees on five acres and apples, grapes and walnuts on three acres. They are likely to produce fruit this year,” he said.

Abdul Qudus, a resident of Tarma Bayer area, said the NHPL programme had established a garden for him on five acres of arid land. He collected lots of fruits last year.

“It was a rain-fed land, we did not think pear, grape and apple trees will yield grow here. Besides fruit trees, we cultivated wheat, watermelon, cucumber and different types of vegetables which have yielded good results,” he said.

The NHLP programme of MALI was launched in 2009 in the northeastern zone. Thousands of gardens have been established in Taloqan and a number of districts under the programme.



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