October 01, 2014

Afghanistan now the world’s sixth largest exporter of raisins

By Khushnood Nabizada - Sun Jul 08 2012, 9:18 am

According to the Export Promotion Agency of Afghanistan (EPAA), raisin exports in Afghanistan have gone up from 8,500 tons to 24,000 tons in the last year.

The decades of war that disrupted the export capacity of the country and destroyed much of the raisins.

Before the civil war, Afghanistan was exporting 210,000 tons per year all around the world, according to the EPAA.

However, Afghanistan still remains to be the first in terms of raisins’ quality.

Raisin exporters complained about the challenges they still face in the industry mainly in terms of transit and lack of good markets.

“The government needs to help us access bigger markets. We wanted to export raisins to London, but our goods were stopped in Peshawar, Pakistan for 50 days,” said the Head of the Raisin Exporter Union Haji Farid.

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  1. It’s good news that Afghanistan has increased the exportations of raisins all over the world. it is by far better than any exporting drugs, as this country is known for this kingd of products. The Governement should encourage these initiatives.
    There is one thing I would like to understand: why were the goods stopped in Pakistan for 50 days??? Is there no other place than Pakistan for transit?

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