Sowing area for medicinal herbs expanded in Iran’s Qom Province
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 16
By Elnur Baghishov – Trend:
Sowing area for medicinal herbs in Iran’s Qom Province has been expanded from 30 hectares to 150 hectares, Mohammad Hossein Ahmadpour, head of sample planting project at Qom Agriculture Jihad Organization, told IRNA, Trend reports.
Ahmadpour said that the expansion of the sowing area for medicinal herbs is one of the key priorities of the Qom Agriculture Jihad Organization, adding that it is also planned to construct 2 plants for the processing of medicinal plants.
Remarking that the Sample Planting Project envisages reducing water consumption by 40 percent, Ahmadpour also named increasing the income of farmers, providing animal farmers with grass, eliminating environmental problems and increasing jobs among the project's key priorities.
Ahmadpour went on to say that quinoa and fodder beet are suitable for the climate of the Qom Province, and that fodder beet sowing has been postponed from spring to autumn.
"As such, water consumption has dropped by 65 percent and production has increased to 200," he said.
Ahmadpour stated that the planting of some crops such as rapeseed, cotton and pomegranate in the new sowing project will be stopped and quinoa and fodder beet will be planted instead.