eight tons of saffron distributed to farmers
international news 12 OCT 2006
HERAT CITY: Italian Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT)
distributed over eight tons of saffron to farmers in the
western Herat province, as alternative livelihood, officials
said on Thursday.
Bashir Ahmad Ahmadi, promotion officer in provincial agriculture
department, told Pajhwok Afghan News 8,400 kilograms of
saffron was distributed to over 60 farmers in Pusthon Zarghon
district of the province. >
He said distribution of saffron was to promote the crop
and get good source of income for the farmers. The 60 farmers
were imparted training by agriculture department regarding
the cultivation of saffron, he added. Besides 140 kilograms
of saffron, each farmer was distributed one sack of fertilizers
and working tools, Ahmadi contended.
Abdul Karim, 45, a local farmer, said:" Saffron produced
great result in Pushtoon Zarghon, because the weather, water
and earth were suitable for the crop here."
He asked for more help that farmers could increase cultivation
of saffron. Hailing the help with farmers, Hafizullah, district
chief of Pusthoon Zarghon said local farmers suffered a
lot of losses due to long and severe drought and serious
The donation to the farmers was a part of the $74,000 PRT
would grant in four districts. Earlier, Italian PRT provided
11 tons of saffron to Shindand district farmers and seven
tons to each Karukh and Zinda-Jan districts of the province.