Afghanistan’s Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock has revealed that the Bamyan province potato harvest will reach up to 370,000 tons this year. Agriculture Head of Bamyan Abdul Wahab Mohammadi said that 17,000-18,000 hectares of lands were cultivating potato in Bamyan province annually, but unfortunately, the harvest was decreased due to drought.
This year, rainfall and water was quite good and agriculture programs were also implemented in best manner, in which potato harvest was much more this time, he added. “Although the harvest has not ended yet, based on pre-assessments, we expect 370,000 tons of potato would be produced in the province,” he added.
He stated that construction of small and big cold warehouses for potato are other steps for supporting potato harvest in the province. Some 3,600 cold stores were constructed in the past five years in the province, where each stores has the capacity of 20 tons of potato, he noted.
He elaborated that currently 36 kinds of potato have been cultivated in Mullah Ghulam farms and the farmers have access to cultivating of 14 kinds of potato in the province.
As explained on afghanistantimes.af¸ Afghanistan needs to 1.1-2 million tons potato, where 0.6 million of it is producing inside the country, where 250,000 tons of potato cultivating in 33 provinces.