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Kandahar Fruit Exporters Face Problems from Pakistan Amid Fruit Harvests

Traders from southern Kandahar province are not enjoying the current fruit harvests as their trade is trampled by the neighboring Pakistan. According to reports, Afghan traders are forced to pay bribes in the name of transit fee and taxes by

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India exempts Afghanistan’s fruits exports from customs duty

The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) announced on Wednesday that the Indian government has pledged to exempt Afghanistan from customs duty on its fruit exports to the country. Deputy Chief of ACCI, Khan Jan Alokozay, said the Indian

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Fruit processing factories established in Paktia province

Two fruit processing factories worth USD 450,000 have been established in Gardiz city of Sayed Karam district in eastern Paktia province. Funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the factories were established by the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and

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3000 fruit gardens to be set up in north-eastern Afghanistan

The National Horticulture and Livestock Project is going to launch 3000 gardens planted with grape, almond, apricot, cherry, apple, pear and walnut trees in north-eastern zone of Afghanistan. “1000 gardens will be set up in Baghlan province, 1000 in Takhar,

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Test farm in Nangarhar shows positive results

The Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) had established five test farms in the country in order to conduct researches on various types of plants. Officials of the agriculture department in eastern Nagarhar province have told Pajhwok Afghan

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Afghan Agriculture Ministry to establish new industrial parks

Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Minister Assadullah Zamir announced plans to establish new industrial parks across the country in a bid to boost Afghan agriculture products and exports. The industrial parks will provide standardized packing and processing of fresh and dry

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Agricultural products grow considerably this year: Agriculture Ministry

Favorable climate, improved irrigation, provision of trainings for farmers and prevention of diseases are cited as major factors behind this year’s growth in agricultural production. Watermelon, melon, wheat, saffron and greenhouses have witnessed a considerable growth this year, Lutfullah Rashed,

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Afghanistan’s dried and fresh fruits export to reach 55,000 tons this year

Export Promotion Agency of Afghanistan (EPAA) predicts a 15,000 ton increase in export of dried and fresh fruits. Head of the dried and fresh fruits department of EPAA, Mohammad Mustafa Hashemi, said Afghanistan failed to export the set target of

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Efforts underway to standardize Afghanistan’s fruits production

A non-profit organization, Afghanistan National Horticulture Development Organization (ANHDO), is working on improving quality, packing, processing and increasing production of domestic fruits in various parts of Afghanistan to standardize domestic fruits and bring it to the international standards. Addressing the

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Kandahar exports up to 40,000 tons of grapes this year

According to the provincial branch of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce & Industries (ACCI), up to 40,000 tons of grapes have been exported from southern Kandahar this year. ACCI official Eng. Abdul Baqi Beena said grapes worth USD 8mn have

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Afghanistan’s first ever grape festival held in Herat

Herat, known as being the home for over 70 different kinds of grapes, hosted Afghanistan’s first ever grape festival. The festival was held to provide an opportunity for orchard owners to display their products and encourage customers to buy their

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From small and steady to big plans: Afghan businesswoman enjoys modest success

USAID-IDEA-NEW: Nazifa Hofiani’s fruit and vegetable processing business has gone from small but steady sales to big expansion plans, thanks to a timely investment in management, planning and marketing skills. When Ms. Hofiani started the Women’s Vocational Training and Agriculture

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EPAA to sign economic cooperation MoU with India

The Export Promotion Agency of Afghanistan through the support of the Great Embassy of Afghanistan in New-Delhi India will sign an agreement on Economic Cooperation with the Indian Export Organizations and Indian Importers Association. The MoU, scheduled to be signed

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A guide book published to help improve fruit cultivation in Afghanistan

A guide book titled “Fruit Trees Guide” has been published by the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the European Union (EU) to help farmers improve their trees’ productivity. Containing information on about 900 different kinds of fruit-bearing fruits,

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More than 10mn fruit-bearing saplings to be planted in Bamyan province

Over 10 million fruit-bearing saplings, mostly apricot and apples, would be planted under the Green Evolution Program of the Governor’s office in Bamyan province. The saplings would be planted in Shibar, Bamyan city and five other districts of the province

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Fruits worth USD 59mn exported from Kandahar

As many as 53 tons of fresh and dried fruits worth USD 59mn have been exported from southern Kandahar province to foreign countries this year, compared with last year’s 46 tons of exports worth USD 56mn. The 30 percent increase

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European Union funds fruit quality center in Balkh province

A center for measuring fruit quality has opened in Balkh province with financial collaboration from the European Union. Costing USD 271 million (199,000 Euros), the center contains a laboratory to measure the quality of fruits. Meanwhile, Adviser to the Ministry

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8 cold storages to be established in six provinces

Afghan Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Ministry has undertaken construction of eight large cold storage facilities across six provinces in an attempt to preserve huge quantity of fresh fruits from being wasted. Deputy Agriculture Minister Mir Amanudding Haideri told Pajhwok Afghan

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Afghanistan’s exports double this year: Ministry of Commerce and Industries

Afghan Ministry of Commerce and Industries has reported a two-fold increase in Afghanistan’s exports. According to the Ministry’s spokesperson, Afghanistan’s exports stood at USD 62mn in 2012, while the amount has surpassed USD 100mn during the first six months of

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Afghanistan's exports double this year: Ministry of Commerce and Industries

Afghan Ministry of Commerce and Industries has reported a two-fold increase in Afghanistan’s exports. According to the Ministry’s spokesperson, Afghanistan’s exports stood at USD 62mn in 2012, while the amount has surpassed USD 100mn during the first six months of

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Vehicles laden with fruits and vegetables denied entry to Kabul

Amid extensive security measures taken for a consultative Loya Jirga thousands of vehicles laden with fresh fruits and vegetables are stuck at Kabul gates and denied entry. Dealers are worried about the edibles going rotten and causing them millions of

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Qarabagh orchards damaged due to monsoon rains

Orchard owners in Qarabagh district of Kabul have complained about their damaged orchards. They have linked the damages caused to their orchards to monsoon rains and sub-standard pesticides. Agriculture department officials have confirmed the harms inflicted on the orchards and

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Farah witnesses a remarkable increase in jujube yield this year

Farah orchard owners are experiencing a tremendous hike in jujube production. With 950 hectares of land producing 1,187 tons of jujubes, the production has jumped three-fold this year in the province. The fruit is widely produced in Andar Dara, Pusht

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10% increase in Afghanistan’s vegetable and fruit exports

Afghanistan Export Promotion Agency has reported a 10% increase in Afghanistan’s fruits and vegetables export during the first six months of the current fiscal year. Sayed Azim Mustafa Hashemi, Head of the Agency, attributed the boost in exports to suitable

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Fig production in Kandahar has increased

By Mohammad Naeem: Kandahar province has witnessed a boost in fig production and an improvement in the product’s quality. Orchard owners in Kandahar confirm the remarkable increase in the production of fig and its quality. “Due to reasonable climate with

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