In a statement, the Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Department has said that 190 cold storages for onion have been built in Afghanistan’s eastern Laghman province under the Agricultural Products’ Management project.
Mohammad Jamil Khushal, Laghman agriculture department head, told Pajhwok Afghan News the storages were built in the capital city Mehtarlam, Qarghayi, Alishing and Alinigar districts, costing 72 million afghanis (€792,000)
According to farmers in the region, they would be able to store their products for a long time in these storages. The cold warehouses would result in a 10pc increase in onion cultivation. Enayatullah Faryad, an economist, called establishment of storages as important and efficient because they resulted in an increased cash income: “Farmers will be able to receive up to 75pc revenue every season. The longer products stay in storages means more prices.”
Laghman exports thousands of tons of onions to capital Kabul and other provinces.
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