Afghan farmers worried 80pc crops yield parched this year

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KABUL: Due to lack of rainfall, about 80 percent of crops in rain-fed lands in Afghanistan have been destroyed, according to Afghan farmers. 
Talking to Afghan Peace Watch (APW), the Afghan farmers and land owners said they had suffered huge losses due to the drought as they were faced with starvation.  
In dire straits, these farmers noted: “We rely on our yield for our basic needs and if we don’t receive financial or food assistance, we face catastrophic hunger and starvation.” 
This comes while the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), expressing concerns over the drought, said that around 19.7 million people, almost half of Afghanistan’s population, are facing acute hunger.