Selection #9 Markaz Baboos, Logar (Primary crop)
Logar Province is located at the South East of Afghanistan, bordering both the eastern highlands and the southern territories. It borders with Nangarhar, Kabul and Ghazni, making it one of the busier places in the country. We filmed some of the fields here during the vegetative stage and came back to the same fields to see how they had shaped up leading up to the apex of the flowering season. This year, a
lot of crops which were standing lush in the vegetative stages got destroyed and cut down by the Talibani administration. Places like Paktia, Kandahar, and Ghazni were the hardest hit, taking a massive toll on some who will likely continue to suffer under the restrictions imposed by the Talibani admin.
The Selection #9 female was our first selection at Logar Province. It had extremely narrow leaflets, which was a unique phenotype among the broader leaved population. But there’s a lot more to it which makes it so different from the other selections we’ve discussed so far.
The leaves on this female were fading to black, while the buds were compact and covered in dense layers of resin glands. Along with the decent yields, it carried a strong paint thinner or toluene type smell. It was so intense that it would linger onto the hands long after the flowers were touched, while the paint-thinner like aroma lingered, as if wood was being painted nearby. It also featured a beautiful structure that consisted of a thick main stalk and closely held, thick internodes.