Problems and Opportunities
- Priority problems for Afghanistan melons include , , various weeds, water management, harvesting methods and proper standards to extend post-harvest life such as sorting, packaging, and improper transportation to market.
- Priority opportunities include seed selection, storage, melon spray program, including training on pesticide application, training on , improved harvest methods to extend post harvest life, and improved irrigation practices.
- These draft priority problems are based on discussions with agricultural consultants, Afghan specialists, Alan Walters (SIU), Tom Brown and Professor Noor Ahmad Popal.
- About Watermelons Fact Sheet (UC Davis)
- Watermelon Production Excerpt پشتو (Pashto) (USAID ADP/E)
Diagnostics Fact Sheet (UC Davis)
Low Plastic Tunnels Info Sheet (USDA)
- Watermelon Production for Eastern Region PPT as PDF (1.5 MB) (IDEA-NEW Noori)
- General Vegetable Production Manual پشتو (Pashto) (2.3 MB) (USAID ADP/E)
- Silk Road Harvest Melon Variety and Marketing Flyer (ASAP/ EPAA)
Pest Management for Melons
- Common pests in melons include melon fly, white fly, cut worm, melon aphids, cucumber beetle, powdery mildew, anthracnose, fusarium wilt
- 10 Principles of Postharvest Management Fact Sheet (UC Davis)
- Principles of GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) Fact Sheet (UC Davis)
- Cantaloupe Harvest Fact Sheet (UC Davis)
- Harvest Field Selection Cantaloupe Fact Sheet and Video (UC Davis)
- Harvest Field Selection Cantaloupe Fact Sheet and Video
- Melon In-Field Transport Video (UC Davis)
- Melon Standards (example using honey dew) (Fresh Spec)
- Melon Packing and Cold Storage Fact Sheet and Video (UC Davis)