Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Growth in the export of fresh fruits from Afghanistan

In the first three months of this solar year, Afghanistan exported 100 hundred tons of fresh fruits via air cargo. Officials from the Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industry say that the establishment of a cold-storage unit at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul has resulted in an increase in export. They said the new facility can hold up to 100 tons of fruit. The establishment of cold rooms and packing centers at airports in our country will help increase the amount of fresh and dried fruits for export, according to Chamber of Commerce and Industry Officials. Mir Zaman Popal, the director of export for the chamber of commerce and industry said: "This cold storage room has been established by an Afghan export company – (it was built) in Hamid Karzai Airport which has provided good facilities for the exportation of fruits to other countries." Meanwhile the fresh fruit exporters union says that government can help increase the amount of fruit exported through the establishment of more cold storage rooms and export centers at the airports around the country. Nejat Haidary, the director of fresh fruit exporters union, said: "This is a very positive step for exporting fresh fruits. Currently some traders are busy establishing four to five other cold storage rooms in Kariz Mir (outside Kabul) and other areas." According to statistics, in the first three months of this year 1,395 tons of fresh fruit was exported to Asian and European countries. It is reported that this year, for the first time, a large quantity of Afghanistan's apricot harvest was sold on Arab markets.