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Fruit and veg into Pakistan

Afghanistan: Paktika province exports increase seven-fold

Afghanistan’s Paktika province shares 365 kilometres of border with Pakistan. Recently, the export of dried and fresh fruits to Pakistan from south-eastern Paktika has increased seven-fold, traders say.

Tila Khan Zahin, president of the Paktika Chamber of Commerce and Industry, claims that in the past, smuggling was a major issue. Some 5,000 tons of fruit would be illegally smuggled to Pakistan every year.

But the amount of legal exports from Paktika to Pakistan has now increased to 35,000 tons per year, he said. The exports include apples, onions, potatoes, peanuts, tomatoes and pine nuts, recorded.

These items are exported via legal routes to Pakistan. Zahin added that if the road between the Argun and Barmal districts was asphalted, it would turn into a transit route and thousands of tons of goods could be exported that way.

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