After high export tariffs and blighted crops, rain is latest trouble for Afghan pomegranate growers. Recent rains in the Arghandab district of Kandahar province severely damaged the crops.
The rains added to other troubles this season including a lack of markets and an increase in tariffs from Pakistan.
“We can earn between $12,838 to $32,095 dollars per garden, but the tariffs went up and the rain also damaged our pomegranates, and farmers and businessmen were greatly harmed financially,” said one grower.
“First, we suffered from Pakistan's tariffs, then our gardens were blighted with disease, and now it is raining. The government promised that they would transfer our fruit through the “air corridor,” but that has not been implemented yet," said another.
Kandahar is one of the provinces where a large part of the country's pomegranates are harvested.