Qaysar District

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Qaysar (Qeysar) district is situated in the southwestern part of the Faryab Province of Afghanistan. The population is 122,300 people (80% Uzbek ethnic group, Turkic origin). The district center Qeysar (35°41′22″N 64°17′41″E / 35.6894°N 64.2947°E / 35.6894; 64.2947,1279 m altitude) (Qaisar bazaar), at the edge of the vast desert of Qaisar, has almost the same peculiarities of the Almar bazaar. This bazaar received its name at the end of the nineteenth century.

Qaysar is popular for its great production of grapes and 70% of district population own grape-gardens. The gardeners export tons of raisins to surrounding provinces in the north of the country and abroad to Russia and India as fresh grapes can not be exported due to transportation problems and bad road conditions.

The district is nurtured through the river which starts through famous Terband-I-Turkistan Mountains and flows into Qaisar. The water source is from snow melts and springs. The temperature ranges between -20C (-4F) in winter and 40C (106F) in summer.

The district is also the hometown for one of the most famous late poets of Afghanistan namely Nadim Qaysari of whom Afghans inherited a valuable poetry book named Dewan Nadim. The book was compiled and published by Information and Culture Department of Faryab Province after his death as it could not be published before due to lack of funding. The book contains the poetry works and cultural activities which Nadim achieved during the period of his life.