BAMYAN CITY, Bamyan Province – The improved seeds are contributing to better harvests.
Mullah Ghulam Research Farm has operated for seven years. Its research on soybeans and potatoes has been its crowning achievement, according to Qurban Omid, 33, the farm’s grain research director.
“Without research,” Omid says, “we cannot introduce good seeds to farmers and we want the farmers to have good products.” The work on soybeans, potatoes, and wheat at the Mullah Ghulam Research Farm is vital. The
The research on soybean took three years and resulted in seed varieties that are adapted to local conditions. “The soybean research on soil and climate is completed,” says Mohammad Sarwar Arian, 30, Research Director for Soybeans. “Two of the soybean varieties created are a perfect match for the soil and climate in Bamyan.”
Sarwar explains the importance of this breakthrough for local farmers. Until now, the majority of farmers in Bamyan and neighboring Daikundi province had used seeds that were developed by research farms in other regions, which were not compatible with the central highland climate and conditions.
“These seeds were not successful,” he says. The seeds resulted in poor harvests and a high risk of disease. “The main goal is to develop improved seeds for farmers to increase production and reduce the risk of disease infection,” says Sarwar of their work at Mullah Ghulam Research Farm.