When orchards in northeastern Afghanistan were sprayed with dormant oil it marked a big advance for the area
17 JULY 2013 | BADAKHSHAN, AFGHANISTAN
When orchards in northeastern Afghanistan were sprayed with a pesticide called dormant oil, it was more than just another disease-control measure. More than 3,000 farmers felt assured of higher yields because the oil-based pesticide is considered very effective in controlling winter pests. And pesticide spraying has become a thriving business in the area.
The spraying was carried out by 47 private providers with support from USAID’s Incentives Driving Economic Alternatives for the North, East and West (IDEA-NEW) program.
The sprayers were trained by the program, which seeks to develop the agricultural sector across the northeastern provinces of Kunduz, Takhar, Baghlan and Badakhshan. A key part of the program is enhancing the private sector’s capacity.
Wolasmir, who has a spraying service in Badakhshan, says he earned $265 in a short time, working on 65 orchards in one district. “Now, I want to expand the business by targeting more farmers,” he says.
There is every chance that he will be able to do just that because the farmers whose orchards were first sprayed have been spreading the word. Now, many more farmers in northeastern Afghanistan are expressing interest in trying horticulture oils to control disease.
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