Dry spells, low yields

Farming is the main source of income for 60-year-old Zahir Shah from Chanda village in the Ghallani sub division of Mohmand district. He owns a rain-irrigated piece of land. For the last 35 years, he has grown wheat. Last year, it was a dry winter and the crop failed. Two weeks ago, he used the harvest as fodder for cattle. “In the past years, the same field had yielded two tonnes of wheat. I’m not alone in this predicament. Other farmers in Ghallani too haven’t had a single grain of wheat this season. The farmers who own rain-fed land in Mohmand are depressed. They are facing a financial crisis and food insecurity,” says Zahir Shah.



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