By: Shukria Kohistani
The country’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation has announced an increase in some fresh fruits including strawberry and mulberry in the country’s eastern provinces, particularly in Nangarhar province.
The amount of orange yields in Afghanistan has reached to more than 13,000 tons, last year, said the ministry referring to its official website.
According to the source, in the last solar year, the yield of organs of different kinds such as lemon in the country reached 13,243 metric tons.
Officials from the Ministry say that Nangarhar province, with the production of 7,000 tons of orange and lemon, had the highest yield in the province and about one thousand and 52 hectares of land have now been covered by orange gardens.
According to the ministry, Kunar, the neighboring province is in the second place in the production of orange and the province is still a pioneer in the production of orange, with last year of 2,200 metric tons of oranges production from the province.
“The area covered by orange trees reaches to 286 hectares,” said the ministry.
The ministry added that Laghman and Khost provinces are in the third and fourth places in terms of orange production in the country.
In recent years, cultivation of orange seedlings has also become popular in Kabul, Takhar, Balkh and Sar-e-Pul provinces.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, a total of 1,952 hectares of land across the country are covered by the orange gardens, of which 61 hectares include Kino and Malta two relatively different types of citrus, 415 hectares include orange orchards and 449 hectares cover lemon groves.
Meanwhile, the ministry’s officials have announced an increase in the cultivation of strawberries in Afghanistan, saying that the products of Afghan farmers can meet the needs of the country’s markets.
A spokesman for the ministry said that last year the country produced 300 tons of strawberries and the production of the fruit will go higher this year.
Strawberry cultivation has increased in recent years in some provinces because of favorable climatic conditions for growing this delicious fruit, the source added.
The ministry spokesman Akbar Rustami said that the strawberry fields in Herat, Kunduz, Balkh, Faryab, Nangarhar, Ghazni, Maydan Wardak, Daykundi and Kabul, with favorable climate for the growth of the fruit, increased and last year 300 tons strawberry collected from the same provinces.
Afghanistan, five years ago, imported strawberries from abroad, but now, according to the ministry, the fruit production has increased widely that can meet the needs of country’s markets.