Ministery of Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) Thursday said the Afghan government plans to rollout irrigation projects on farms, worth 2.5 billon AFs.
MAIL spokesman Akbar Rustami said the ministry plans to build irrigation networks and small dams to bring water under control in agricultural land across the country. This will also help manage water resources and prevent wastage, he said.
“This year, the agriculture ministry will focus on reconstruction and rehabilitation of irrigation systems. At least 30 percent of the budget of the ministry has been allocated to irrigation projects,” Rustami told TOLOnews.
Meanwhile, some famers have expressed concerns over the lack of irrigation for their fields.
Experts said that the lack of rain and snow this winter has resulted in serious problems for the agriculture sector. They said the only solution to the water shortage is to bring water resources under control.
But farmers, in various regions around Afghanistan, have hit back at government’s claims of improving water resources in the country.
“We have dry lands up there. They need water to become productive. We need government and agriculture ministry’s help in this regard,” said Hajji Gulbuddin, a farmer in the outskirts of Kabul.
“A proper irrigation system should be established for our lands in order to prevent waste of water as we use traditional systems right now. We need government’s help in this respect,” said Aand Agha, a farmer.
Farmers say that systematic irrigation has a significant role in the increase of agricultural products, suggesting government should help revive the irrigation system and support farmers to get access to modern irrigation systems.