Increasing fig yields in the country
Despite the challenges facing farmers and gardeners in the country, the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock say that the number of figs in the country, especially in Kandahar, Herat, and Faryab provinces, has increased.
The Department of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock of Herat Province reports a 30% increase in fig yields in the province. Bashir Ahmad, head of agricultural affairs at the Herat Department of Agriculture, said that there were 370 hectares of fig orchards in Herat province and that about 8,000 metric tons of figs had been produced from these orchards this year.
Figs are mostly sold in local markets and in the western part of Herat province. Farmers and gardeners consume 60% of figs for fresh consumption, 25% for jam processing, and 15% for dry.
Meanwhile, the Department of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock of Faryab Province say that fig production in the province has increased to 378 metric tons.
Abdul Kabir Farzam, the province’s director of agriculture, said: “Fig yields have reached 378 metric tons this year, which is a five percent increase over last year.”
According to him, there are about 5.36 hectares of fig orchards in Faryab province. There are no fig orchards in the province so far. People have 20 to 30 personal fig trees in their gardens and market them that way.
In Kandahar, figs have also increased significantly. According to the province’s agriculture department, the fig harvest in Kandahar has increased by 10 percent.
Sayed Hafizullah Sidi, head of agriculture, irrigation, and livestock in Kandahar province, said that about 30,000 metric tons of figs have been harvested from 3,000 fig orchards this year.