Cultivation of Mint as Viable Alternative Livelihood In East And North-east of Afghanistan

Abstract

This is an introductory presentation to an ICARDA-RALF project to promote the cultivation of mint as a viable alternative livelihood to opium poppy cultivation for Afghan farmers. Mint is presented as a potentially competitive crop due to: easy growth; convenient storage; local availability; potential for good income locally and regionally. Different Mentha species are suggested for different project aims, for example, that M. piperita oil-rich varieties can produce high yields of value-added products such as mint oil and menthol. The presentation reviews current public awareness of mint, mint marketing strategies, mint's perceived medicinal value and the available mint-derived products.

For further information, consult the original project proposal document available here.

Citation

RALF, ICARDA, Aleppo, Syria, 30 pp.

Cultivation of Mint as Viable Alternative Livelihood In East And North-east of Afghanistan

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