AFGHANISTAN - An above-average wheat crop, mainly harvested in May/June, of about 5.1 million tonnes is estimated in 2014, similar to 2013 which was one of the highest on record for the last 35 years.
The above-average harvest in 2014 is attributed to favourable moisture conditions with better snow accumulation in winter.
In addition, improved seed availability, through private companies together with the provision of subsidized improved seeds to farmers by the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), assisted crop productivity.
Domestic seed industry production in 2013 increased by 33 per cent compared to 2012.
Nevertheless, the bulk of the farmers still rely on their own farm-saved seeds.
Households with low purchasing power in northern Afghanistan are eligible for subsidies for improved seeds.
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