In the tribal region along the Durand line the government has taken a number of steps to improve security, which has made life difficult for locals.
In Kunar Province of Afghanistan, near the Pakistan border government has imposed a ban on wheat cultivation for the last one month, causing financial losses and food shortages. Security officials in Kunar, province say they are worried about militants hiding in wheat fields in the area, so the crop has been banned.
Residents are facing a server food shortage due to the local restrictions on free movement in the area after the government announced. Business owners and other shopkeepers are not allowed to travel and get food supplies from nearby cities.
Haji Ghulam who’s a community elder and head of the farmers says: “Many businesses in the area have been affected severely by the militant activities, but the government’s ban has left the people short of food”.
People have been suffering including children since last month as the government failed to supply urgent food to the area. Local farmers are worried about the resumption of wheat cultivation as the government is yet to take out the ban.
Citing figures from WFP, the price of wheat flour in Afghanistan’s main markets had risen by up to 23% in the past month as demand outstripped supply. The cost of rice, sugar, and pulses has increased by between 7% – 12%.
More than seven million children in Afghanistan are already at risk of hunger as food prices soar due to the coronavirus pandemic, says by Afghan interior ministry.
People across the country are already deeply concerned about the high prices and severe food shortage due to the recent coronavirus lockdown. The coronavirus pushed millions of more Afghans into poverty, causing food shortages, says US watchdog.