MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Farmers in northern Balkh province say it’s straightforward drawing water from wells for agricultural functions utilizing solar vitality. Experts, nevertheless, warn the follow lowers the groundwater stage and poses a critical risk to human life.
In a number of components of the nation, particularly in Balkh province, water shortages have pressured growers to dig up deep wells and draw water from them by means of solar power.
Baz Mohammad, a farmer from Chahar Bulak district, known as drawing water from wells by means of solar power a facility.
He informed Pajhwok Afghan News his crops had dried up attributable to drought over the previous few years. Now that he’s irrigating his farmland by way of solar power, his crop yield has considerably elevated.
Najibullah, one other grower, additionally confirmed he was drawing water from the effectively by means of a solar-powered pump to irrigate his crops.
Mohammad Nazim Samoon, a water skilled, famous a spike in demand for groundwater throughout the globe attributable to inhabitants progress.
He stated many nations used groundwater solely for ingesting. “But contrarily, groundwater in Afghanistan is used for industry, agriculture and other sectors. This could lead to a major humanitarian catastrophe in the future, he cautioned.”
According to the skilled, the water stage in Afghanistan has been taking place by two metres yearly. The authorities should impose restrictions to make sure higher water administration, he pressured.
But Shamsullah Khalid, director of agriculture, claimed solar power wells had introduced a constructive change to the agriculture sector within the type of a lift crop manufacturing ranges.
He revealed the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock had ordered a cease to the drilling of solar wells on personal lands. The authorities would ban the digging of deep wells on personal lands, he advised.