Afghanistan forecasts 13% growth in wheat production for 2024

Published Jun 18, 2024

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Afghanistan's Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock anticipates a 13% rise in wheat production for 2024, with over 2 million hectares cultivated, producing nearly 5 million metric tons. Despite this increase, the country remains dependent on imports to meet its annual requirement of nearly 7 million metric tons. Efforts are ongoing to expand agricultural areas and enhance seed quality. Farmers in southern Afghanistan have reported satisfactory yields despite past droughts, though some have been affected by floods. The Chamber of Agriculture and Livestock has urged the government to support flood-affected farmers.
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Afghanistan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock projected a 13% increase in wheat production for the year 2024 compared to the previous year. Misbahuddin Mustaeen, the ministry’s spokesperson, stated that over 2 mn hectares of land were cultivated with wheat, producing an estimated nearly 5 mn metric tons. “While we have not yet achieved self-sufficiency and still rely on imports, this progress is promising. We will continue to expand our agricultural areas and efforts as we have in the past two years,” Mustaeen said. He highlighted that 6% more land was cultivated with wheat this year than last, and ongoing initiatives aim to further expand cultivation and improve seed quality to reach self-sufficiency. Farmers in the southern regions of Afghanistan reported satisfactory wheat production this year despite previous droughts. “We harvested good wheat this year, and it was a very good year,” said Abdul Hakim, a farmer. However, some farmers have faced challenges due ...
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