Inhabitants of Yarkhoon decides to restart cultivation of
CHITRAL: Dismayed and anguished by the indifference of the
government towards their plight in the wake of flash floods last
year, the inhabitants of Brep village in Yarkhoon valley have
decided to restart the cultivation of hashish which had been
previously the main component of their household income.
This decision was taken in a meeting of the villagers in Brep the
other day which was also participated by the women folk and gave a
deadline of two weeks seeking strong assurance from the government
for redressing their core issues.
Addressing the gathering, the elites of the village including
Muhammad Asharaf, Qadir Zia, Mir Rahim, Sarfaraz Laal, Charwella
Allah Ditta , Rubina Ashraf and others said that the village was
hit by the glacial lake outburst flood for twenty times over a
period of one month which wreaked havoc there.
They said that the village was known for the bumper produce of
local species of apple but the flood had washed away the trees of
apple divesting them of their major source of income rendering them
They said that the flood had washed away the heads of six number of
water channels disconnecting the supply of irrigation water from
the main stream last year but the government did not pay heed to
restore them as a result of which wheat and fodder crops will be
The villagers said that hundreds of families have been rendered
homeless and hundreds of acres of agricultural land was turned
barren by the floods last year but not a single officer of the
district administration bothered to visit the village and this
indifference has filled them with dismay.
They said that the villagers had no option but to resume the
cultivation of hashish on commercial scale for which the soil was
best suited with a record of optimum per acre yield in the past.
They said that hashish had been the cash crop of Yarkhoon valley
during the former state of Chitral till 1960s and octroi tax was
levied on its transportation which was exacted by the functionaries
of the state.
They asserted that keeping in view the indifference of the PTI
government in the province towards the plight of the villagers ,
the villagers have decided in unison to start cultivation of the
banned crop in protest.