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Afghan farmers faced with much uncertainty

As trucks, loaded with agricultural produce from Afghanistan have been seen moving across the Pakistan border, some Afghan fresh fruit exporters are desperately looking for alternative export routes, following the Taliban decision to halt Afghanistan's trade with India.

With the Taliban in power, Afghanistan's already battered economy grows more fragile. The Taliban's decision to halt trade with India, has seen two terminals on the Pakistan border, crucial for trade along land routes, sealed.

According to Ajay Sahai, director-general and CEO of the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO), it is still too early to make predictions about future developments.  The recent political development in Afghanistan caused major uncertainty in trade and business circles and the organisation says it is monitoring the development closely.

Foodformzansi.co.za quoted Sahai as saying: "It has impacted the flow of trade between the two countries. It is too early to predict what will happen in the future. However, we feel that over a period, stability and predictability in trade will be established."

India is the biggest export market for Afghanistan's producers and the country's Torkham and Chaman border crossings with Pakistan are the land routes used for trade activities from Afghanistan to India.


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