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Considerable drop in vegetables price as spring arrives

With arriving the holy month of the Ramadan, the Ministry of Finance has reduced the tariffs on imported onions and tomatoes from 20% to 5%, the prices for vegetables, particularly onions, have remained the same in the markets.

With arriving the spring season and increasing in production of vegetables, the price of vegetables has decreased in the country’s markets. In Nangarhar, farmers say the decrease in the price of vegetables particularly the onion has made them face huge financial losses. Just months ago, the prices of vegetables particularly the onions increased as most of the country’s onions were exported to neighboring countries. For example, the price of onions in the country’s markets rapidly increased up to five times higher. The lack of storage, unprofessional storage facilities, and the exportation of onions into Pakistan were contributing factors to the rapid changes in onion pricing in the markets of the country in recetn months. Nevertheless, with arriving the spring season and increasing in production of vegetables, the price of most vegetables particu larly the onions has decreased by 50 percent, which is good for the people but not for the farmers and producers. Local farmers in Nangarhar are asking the government to increase foreign onion tariffs as it is spring and is the season of producing onion in the country. They also ask the government and relevant organs for helping them with creating cold storage for their products. With arriving the holy month of the Ramadan, the Ministry of Finance has reduced the tariffs on imported onions and tomatoes from 20% to 5%, the prices for vegetables, particularly onions, have remained the same in the markets. During the period when the price of onions and other vegetables was high, the citizens were demanding immediate control of the prices as well as the establishment of professional cooling storage facilities within the country. Meanwhile, the country’s ministry of agriculture, irrigation and livestock has said that work on building big and small cold storages in various provinces is under way.Previously, the country’s traders believe that the lack of standard cold storage in the country leads to the direct sale of products at the end of each harvesting season, which are then exported to Pakistan at a cheap price and later imported at a higher cost. Based on the data shared with media, towards the end of summer and the beginning of autumn, around 300 to 400 containers of vegetables particularly onions have been exported to Pakistan. During the period that onions were exported to the neighboring country, the price of onions has been so high as 7kg onions has been almost 500 AFG in the country’s markets. Saida Ahmadi

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.