The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Vegetables, fruit prices spike in Kabul

KABUL: Kabul residents complained about hike in the price of vegetables and fruits in the markets.
They said that due to their severe economic condition, they are unable to buy the vegetables and fruits that they need, a report collected from some residents by Tolonews tv said the other day.
“Everything is expensive. They sell one packet of tomato for 200 Afs,” said Hayatullah, a resident of Kabul, as quoted by the tv.
“From one side, there are no jobs, and from another side, the prices have spiked,” said Mirza Shah, a resident of Kabul.
“The people couldn’t produce their vegetables for the market. And therefore, the prices have spiked,” said Zainullah, a shopkeeper.
This comes as the recent floods have hit thousands of acres of agricultural lands across the country.
The farmers said that they have suffered heavy financial losses due to flooding.
“We had around 400 plants of grapes. The recent rains have affected them all,” said Mahmood Shahi, a farmer.
The Afghanistan Chamber of Agriculture and Irrigation (ACAI) said that fresh fruits, particularly grapes and apples, have been severely affected by the flooding.
“Currently, all gardens with grapes are damaged. Almost 80 percent of the grapes are spoiled and if 20 percent remained, that is also not exported.
The traders don’t buy the grapes now,” said Mirwais Hajizada, deputy of ACAI.
Based on the numbers of ACAI, more than 100,000 acres of agricultural land have been affected by the floods.
The Kabul Times

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.