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Afghanistan: Fig producers call for better access to global market

A group of Afghani fig producers called on the Islamic Emirate to provide them with better opportunities to sell their products in the world’s markets. They said that although Kandahar and Zabul’s figs are exported to Pakistan and India, there are no markets for this fruit in other countries.

“The Islamic Emirate should talk to the foreign traders and countries at the international level and make contracts with them,” said one trader. “Our figs should be exported to foreign countries such as Germany, Dubai and other countries,” a shopkeeper added.

Meanwhile, officials at the Chamber of Commerce and Investment of Kandahar said that this year more than 50,000 tons of fruit, including 15,000 tons of figs, have been exported. The officials also said problems in the banking system is causing challenges.

“Our exports have stopped due to the closure of banks and around $100 million of the money of the goods that have been exported are still not paid for by the Indian traders,” said Abdulbaqi Bana, deputy director of Kandahar chamber of commerce and investment.

Currently, Pakistan and India are the major markets for Kandahar and Zabul figs.


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