Qaysar District

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Qaisar

قیصار
District
Qaisar is located in Afghanistan
Qaisar
Qaisar
Location within Afghanistan[1]
Coordinates: 35°38′N 64°17′E / 35.64°N 64.28°E / 35.64; 64.28Coordinates: 35°38′N 64°17′E / 35.64°N 64.28°E / 35.64; 64.28
Country Afghanistan
ProvinceFaryab Province
DistrictQaysar
Population
 (2009)[2]
 • Total122,300

Qaisar (Qaysar or Qeysar) district is situated in the southwestern part of the Faryab Province of Afghanistan. The population is 122,300 (2009)[2] with an ethnic composition of 70% Uzbek (Turkic origin), 16% Tajik, 10% Pashtun and 4% Turkman.[3] 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.

Qaisar 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 Qaisari 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book was compiled and published by Information and Culture Department of Faryab Province after his death as it could not be published before due to lack of funding.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.

2014 Floods

From 24 April and 7 May 2014, flash flooding from heavy rainfall resulted in the destruction of public facilities, roads, and agricultural land. Assessment findings reported 20 families were reportedly affected, 7 people died, 700 livestock were killed, 1,000 gardens were damaged, and 1,000 Jeribs of agricultural land were damaged/destroyed.[4]

References

  1. ^ "District Names". National Democratic Institute. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Afghanistan Election Data". National Democratic Institute. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  3. ^ "District Profile" (PDF). UNHCR. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Afghanistan Flash Flood Situation Report" (PDF). International Organization for Migration. Retrieved 9 October 2015.

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