kabul [Afghanistan]January 16 (ANI): Greenhouse owners in Afghanistan bear the brunt of a sharp drop in temperatures, costing close to $3 million as cold weather continues to impact their businesses, TOLOnews cites local officials in Farah province.
Greenhouse owners say they cannot continue to operate because of the financial damage caused by recent cold weather, and that the costs of workers, fertilizer and other facilities are now unsustainable.
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“All the plastic layers in my greenhouse are destroyed, and I suffer about 1.2 million to 1.3 million Afs a day in losses. Like my investment in fertilizer, seeds and other materials,” said Humayoun, who owns a greenhouse. According to TOLOnews reports.
According to the Provincial Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, nearly 3,000 acres of agricultural greenhouses were wasted.
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Many farmers have recently set up greenhouses with the aim of getting a good harvest, but the harvest is useless as the harsh conditions of cold weather have reduced the use of greenhouse cultivation.
According to the Afghan news agency TOLOnews, according to statistics from the provincial agriculture and irrigation department, 85% of the residents of Farah are engaged in agricultural production.
At least 20 people were killed in the disaster-stricken country already hit hard by poverty and food and fuel shortages as the plunge in temperatures hit hard.
The cold also killed at least 4,000 cattle in Badghis and other provinces.
At least 70 people were hospitalized for hypothermia and four drug addicts died, according to Herat Regional Hospital. At least five people in Badghis, all shepherds, died of hypothermia, according to local officials.
“A shepherd and four children died from hypothermia,” said a spokesman for Badghis Governor Ahmed Hanzallah.
The cold weather killed five people in Khost province, two in Faryab and two in Jawzjan, according to local officials. In addition, one person died in Sar-e-Pul and five drug addicts died in Baghlan province, TOLOnews reported. (Arnie)
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