As the economic crisis continues to worsen in Afghanistan, local traders have complained about high tariffs being imposed upon watermelons, imported from countries like Iran and Pakistan. These tariffs have caused prices to surge, with a reduction in demands for the imported watermelons.
The Union of Fresh Fruit and Vegetable accompanied by the merchants has called for help from the Ministry of Finance (MoF) urging them to cut down the tariffs on fruits, especially on watermelons enabling the traders to sell the watermelons to the customers at a convenient rate.
“There is a high tariff on the import. The traders will suffer financial losses. The economic condition of the people is deteriorating, and they can’t afford the expensive products,” one watermelon trader stated.