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Olive harvest begins in Nangarhar amid workers’ dearth

Olive harvest begins in Nangarhar amid workers’ dearth

Oct 25, 2017 - 21:19

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The canalization department in eastern Nangarhar province reports about an acute shortage of personnel to collect olive harvest witnessing a three-fold increase.

The department officials say a part of the olive harvest may be lost due to the shortage of personnel to collect the yield from its orchards.

Olive orchards on the canalization department’s land is predicted to produce 1200 tons of olives, but the campaign to collect the harvest needs at least 1000 personnel, a job currently being done by 200 people.

Nangarhar canalization head Ghulam Hazrat Abdul Rahimzai told reporters at the launch of the harvest collection campaign that more flowers than leafs were seen on the plants.

He said they were expected 1200 tons produce this year. “We need 1000 personnel to collect the harvest from all the farms. We have just 200 personnel who include drivers and factory workers, it is our major issue.”

He linked the increased yield of olives to timely trimming, removing weeds and watering and intensive care of the plants compared to the past.

He said the farms produced only 300 tons of olive last year. He said their factory produced olive oil and pickle which was consumed locally and was imported abroad as well.

Rahimzai recalled the canalization department’s farms once produced 3000 tons of olives before the start of the conflict in Afghanistan. Then a time came when the production was zero.