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Lack of springhouses challenging farmers

By: Shukria Kohistani

KABUL: Lack of springhouses has faced farmers across the country with challenges, as they have to offer their products with low prices, during summer and autumn seasons, however the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation assures of building various greenhouses through basic programs annually.
Creation of greenhouses with zero-level energy, in some provinces of the country, such as Bamyan, Balkh, Kandahar and Kabul, some measures have been taken, said Akbar Rustami, the spokesman of the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation.
“The ministry has had a plan, under which 12 greenhouses each one with the capacity of 500 metric ton would be built in ten provinces of the country and first phase has been put in bidding, but the eligible companies have not registered their names, but in the second round, some eligible companies have been identified and approved by the National Procurement Commission (NPC) and the practical work on the projects are expected to be launched by the Presidential Operational Unit,” said the spokesman.
The design of eight greenhouses with the capacity of up to 5000 metric ton has been finalized and expected to be put in bidding, so that after winning of the eligible companies, ‘We could start the work on the eight projects.’
According to the spokesman, over 95 percent of work on the 3000 zero-level energy greenhouses accommodating onion and potato have been built in some provinces of the country.
On an enquiry about the problems facing by the farmers and producers of the country who have no access to greenhouses and the country’s products are exported abroad and imported again to the country, he said the ministry was working on a plan to reduce the problem through cooperation from the private sector.
The ministry is now working on basic programs for the water sources management, expansion of horticulture, animal husbandry and improving crops, which is expected to be applied in the next six months.
Greenhouses are also being distributed among the farmers who are engaged in plantation of Aloe Vera in Badghis, Farah and Herat provinces, he said adding a week ago, a factory producing Aloe Vera juice has recently been utilized in the western Herat province.

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