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1,5000 tons of pomegranates exported to Pakistan, CCI

In the past week, 15,000 tons of pomegranates, worth $7 million, were exported from Kandahar to Pakistan. Officials from the Kandahar Chamber of Commerce and Investment state that they are working to facilitate pomegranate exports from the province to other regional and global countries in the current year. “This year, the pomegranate harvest has been very good, and its exports have just started. About $7 million worth of exports, especially to Pakistan and India, have been recorded according to export statistics. The season’s yield is good, and if it continues like this, it will get even better,” said Khan Jan Alkozai, a member of the board of directors of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Investment “During the meetings with Pakistani officials, we demanded the opening of routes and reduction in taxes, which they have thankfully assured us of,” said Sadiq Mohmand, the head of the Kandahar Chamber of Commerce and Investment. Farmers and traders in the village of Sanzara in the Zherai district of Kandahar are urging the government to not only address existing problems but also create the conditions for pomegranate exports to other countries, including securing higher fees from Pakistan. “We want our pomegranates to reach even London, Germany, Dubai, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and other countries. We would be very pleased,” said Akhtar Mohammad “Our desire is for our pomegranates not to incur losses and to reach their destination properly. But if the routes are blocked, our pomegranates won’t reach their destination correctly,” said Rahmatullah, a farmer. “Since the taxes have increased, it’s causing us losses meaning the cost has gone up. Pomegranates are expensive here, so consumption of there also high for us,” said Saadullah, a trader. The Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Directorate of Kandahar stated that pomegranate products this year show a 10% increase compared to last year. “This year, pomegranate production has increased by 10% compared to the previous years. Inshallah (God willing), this year, Kandahar’s pomegranates will not have any diseases, just like last year,” said Nangialai Samoon, the head of the Agriculture and Irrigation Directorate of Kandahar. According to information provided by The Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Directorate of Kandahar, there are pomegranate orchards on approximately 15,000 hectares of land, and it is estimated that nearly 300,000 tons of products will be harvested in the current year. Mukhtar Safi

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.