Earlier this week, the Department of Agriculture and Livestock of Balkh province said melon and watermelon harvests are expected to increase significantly in the province this year. According to officials, 20 to 25 tons of melons and watermelons will be harvested this year.
Farmers in the province said despite many problems, they are expecting a good harvest this year. According to officials, more than 11,000 hectares of land in this province has been planted with melons and watermelons.
“Almost, 11,224 hectares of land are cultivated with melon and watermelon in this province and its crops reach 25,939 tons this year,” said Mawlavi Abu Khalid, acting head of agriculture and livestock for Balkh.
While harvests are good, traders are concerned about business being slow.