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Afghan farmers harvest over 72,000 tons of cotton


Kabul: Afghan farmers have harvested more than 72,000 tons of cotton over the past year, the Ministry for Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock said in a statement on Monday. Afghanistan collected 72,493 tons of cotton from 54,869 hectares of land last year, the statement said.

Balkh, Takhar, Kunduz, Baghlan, eastern Nangarhar, western Herat and Nimroz provinces significantly contributed to producing cotton last year, the statement added.

Since poppy cultivation was banned in April 2022, Afghan farmers trying to replace the illicit crop with cotton, saffron, rice, wheat and other legal plants.

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