Afghan coppersmith industry unable to compete in the open market
With the influx of imported products in the open market, Afghan coppersmiths are unable to compete.
Foreign products are available in the market at a lower price with new designs that make Afghan copper products less attractive to the customers.
Abdullah, a coppersmith in Taloqan city of Takhar, told Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN) the number of coppersmith shops had reduced from 15 to only one in the coppersmith industry.
He said a copper basin made in Afghanistan was sold at a cost of 5,000 AFN, while a similar imported product cost 300 AFN.
He called on the government for the support and said either foreign copper products should be banned from entering the market or uninterrupted power supply and modern machinery should be made available for Afghan coppersmiths in order to be able to compete with foreign products.
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