By: Shukria Kohistani
The celebration of the farmer’s day was canceled by the government because of the widespread spread of coronavirus in the country. The Ministry of Agriculture, however, says that after removing the threats posed by the Corona virus, it will review the conditions for agricultural exhibitions for farmers.
Officials at the ministry say, the farmers have played a significant role in the country’s economy, but the commemoration has been canceled due to preventive measures in line with the guidelines of the Ministry of Public Health. While, in the previous years, there were numerous commemorations in the presence of the farmers with their agricultural products. This year, however, relevant institutions and citizens celebrated this day only on social media.
Akbar Rostami, spokesman for the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, told the media that the decision was made following the instructions of the Ministry of Public Health, but they are trying to assess the conditions for holding exhibitions for the farmers when the threats of the Corona virus have been removed.
Referring to the role of the farmers in the country’s economy, he stated that the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock has placed the priorities of the infrastructure development of the agriculture and livestock sector and the provision of services to the farmers.
According to the ministry’s statistics, the country’s agricultural output increased by 25% last year.
However, farmers say they do not yet have the proper means to maintain their crops and cannot keep their crops when faced with problems.
At the same time, a number of other farmers have stated that they cannot properly maintain their crops due to the lack of cold stores, and therefore sometimes their crops are lost. It is noteworthy that last year’s rains damaged some farmers in Kabul. However, the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock confirms that it has prioritized the construction of the agricultural sector infrastructure for the coming year.
Officials at the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock at the Nationwide Response Conference also detailed the ministry’s achievements in the agricultural sector. Officials said that during the past year, 726 commercial greenhouses have been constructed and 1800 horticultural development packages have been distributed.
Hashmatullah Ghafoori, the ministry’s irrigation and natural resources director, who was in charge of the meeting, said that 45 zero-energy refrigerator had been built and that 6861 hectares of fruitful gardens had also been built. According to statistics from the ministry, 235 raisin protection farms were also constructed for the farmers, 500 metric tons of chemical fertilizers have also been produced and 3,500kg of pistachio seeds been distributed to them.
According to a report released by the ministry, pistachio seedlings have been transplanted into 215 hectares of land, which has resulted in significant increases in crop yields.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock announced a week ago that the farmer’s celebration was canceled in accordance with the Ministry of Public Health’s guidelines on preventing rallies to prevent further spread of coronavirus. This day, however, has been widely reflected by social media users. The farmers’ day is symbolically commemorated in the country every year, where exhibitions of handmade and agricultural products are unveiled. Last year, the day was widely celebrated in the country, and by holding a six-day exhibition, the farmers sought market for their crops. It is worth noting that in addition to the Day of the Farmers, celebration of Nowruz in the country has also been canceled due to coronavirus’ potential threat, but the people hope that this infectious disease is tackled world widely, so they get back to their normal lives.