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Afghanistan produced 15% more potatoes compared to 2016

Bamyan, the largest potato producing province in Afghanistan, produced 350,000 tons of the carbohydrate rich vegetable this year, showing an increase over last year’s yield. 

Abdul Wahab Mohammadi, head of the Agriculture and Livestock department, told Pajhwok Afghan News during an exclusive chat, that around 60,000 farmers were associated with potato crops in the province. 

Mohammadi added that 50,000 tons more potatoes were produced this year, - an increase of 15% - compared to the previous year amid soaring prices. 

Last year, the price of seven kilograms of potatoes hovered between USD $0.16 - 0.25 per kg while this year the price of the same amount of potatoes cost USD $0.21 - 0.33 per kg. 

Haji Mohammad Ali, one of the farmers, said a small number of farmers benefited from storage constructed by NGOs. He asked the agriculture ministry to establish more storage under the farmer support scheme.

Haji Mohammad Ali said “Farmers really need more storage because the facility helps and encourages them a lot.”

“They don’t have the capacity to store potatoes by themselves.”

Mohammad Salman, a resident of Shaibar district, who has been provided with a storage house facility by the agriculture ministry, said he was able to store 25 tons of potatoes and take them out in spring to the market.

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