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To Help Its Farmers, Afghanistan is Asking Its People to Gorge on Watermelons

Too much of a good thing can be bad. Case in point, watermelons in Afghanistan.

This year, the watermelon harvest in Afghanistan is exceptionally abundant - so much so that the oversupply of watermelon has driven its price down to as low as $11 per ton.

To help its farmers, the Afghanistan government is doing everything it can to encourage its people to eat watermelons:

… the country’s president issued an order: Buy watermelons for the soldiers. [...]
President Ashraf Ghani ordered his officials to immediately start buying Farah’s watermelons and including them on the menu for the big army units in western and southern Afghanistan — tens of thousands of soldiers.

The people of Afghanistan took it one step further: they’ve started Facebook campaigns and organized watermelon-eating competitions.

Image: Wikimedia Commons

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