Officials in Herat confirmed that three new factories have officially been launched offering varieties of food products to its customers.
The food factories which include of diary and other consumable products are worth of $10 million and is expected to provide job opportunity to 500 applicants mostly women.
The factories were funded by the private sector in the industrial area of Herat province, the factories were inaugurated by VIP guests including the minister of industry and the governor of the province.
With the establishment of such new production lines, thousands of jobs were created, recently Herat’s industrial zone has provided 40,000 employment to the people through almost 300 factories.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock said that 10,685 storages for potato, onion, and cold storage facilities for pomegranate were officially put into operation in 34 provinces.
This project also included distribution of hundreds of solar panel for drying fresh fruits and vegetable.
According to the MAIL, the project cost about 615 million Afghanis and 10 percent of its budget was covered by the farmers themselves.
Such projects will increase yields and decrease imports and prevents vegetable from rotting.
The recent project implementation has created 250,000 new working opportunities for the people, especially farmers, MAIL stated.
On the other hand, steel mill industries announced their businesses are on the verge of collapse due to shortages of raw material, lack of electricity, and escalated trafficking of scraps to Pakistan.
About $300 million has reportedly been invested in steel mill industries but faces frequent challenges.
Reports indicated that at least 1,000 tons of scrap iron are smuggled to Pakistan every day through Spin Boldak and Angor Ada crossings.
So far no iron ore was used in these industries due to lack of facilities, raw material, and illegal smuggling.