Heavy floods in 2005 caused the
Khujamurod Fazliddinov, the head of Khatlon's Hamadoni district, told RFE/RL the government invested 93 million somoni ($19.4 million) into fortifying the river banks and for planting apricot orchards on 475 hectares of the land that was returned to
Officials hope the work will keep the
Last year, Tajik border guards regained control of some 35,000 hectares of land in the Shurabad district bordering
Tajik-Afghan border disputes recently gained importance after reports of Afghan poachers and drug smugglers illegally entering
Some of the mountainous areas close to the Tajik-Afghan border in the Shurobod district still contain Soviet-era land mines.