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Afghanistan stops onion exports to meet domestic demand

Afghanistan has stopped the export of onions to meet the demands of its internal markets, as the prices have recently surged. The Chamber of Agriculture and Livestock said that due to drought across the country, the crops of onion have dropped which has also caused a spike in prices in the country. “The export of onions overseas has stopped currently because the price of 7kg is 200 Afs in Afghanistan now,” said Mirwais Hajizada, a member of the Chamber of Agriculture and Livestock. 

The seller of the onions also confirmed a rise in the price of onions compared to the previous year.

“We used to have exports, but this year we don’t have exports because we have less crops this year,” said one seller.  “This year there was not a lot of rain and there was drought. There was less crop yield across the country,” said another.

Afghanistan was exporting onions to Pakistan, India, Russia and Central Asian nations. Based on available numbers, the price of 7 kilograms of onions was around 30 Afs in this season of the usual year.


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