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Paktika pine nuts trade in shambles

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Paktika pine nuts trade in shambles

Pine nut traders in southeastern Paktika province have complained about lack of access to suitable markets for their products.

The traders have to suffer losses worth millions of Afghanis every year as they sell their annual stock to Pakistani traders at low prices. The Pakistani traders export the same dry fruit under ‘Made in Pakistan’ label to foreign countries.

Paktika is endowed with dense pint nut forests. The nut is mostly grown in Argon, Gayan, Zherok, Nakai, Chahar Baran, Sra Rawza, and Barmal districts of the province.

The traders slammed the government for failing to promote the pine nuts business in Paktika.

Sold at 1200-1500 AFN per kilo, the seed is very expensive and fetches good money to the traders. However, due to lack of proper markets, Afghan traders are forced to sell their pine nuts products to Pakistan at throwaway prices.


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