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The rising ice cream production industry in Afghanistan

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Ahmad Shah Ghanizada
Ahmad Shah Ghanizadahttps://www.khaama.com
Ahmadshah Ghanizada is the deputy editor in chief for The Khaama Press Agency who manages and overlooks the English edition.

vlcsnap-2014-06-28-13h46m34s234This story looks into the rising Afghan ice cream production which features Herat Ice cream’s factory as well as in an Afghan ice cream bar in Herat city.

Herat Ice cream recently won a landmark award for producing the best ice cream in Afghanistan. Their factory in Herat city produces 30 metric tonnes of high-quality Afghan ice cream daily.

Mujebullah, owner of an Ice cream bar, said, “Students and local people come here to eat ice cream all of the time. Traditional Herat ice cream has been made here for a long time.”

“Ice cream from Herat is delicious. Whenever I feel like eating ice cream, I come here,” said Mohammad Azim, a customer in Ice Cream bar.

Ali Ahmad Faizi, Director, Herat Ice cream factory, said, “This year, Herat Ice cream was officially named the best ice cream in Afghanistan. Every day we produce 30 metric tonnes of ice cream during two work shifts. In fact, our machines have the capability to produce 80 metric tonnes of ice cream every 20 hours. Our products are sold in 24 cities in Afghanistan. They are sold in supermarkets, restaurants, universities, at weddings and from ice cream carts.”

Brendan O’Donoghue, Programme manager, Task Force for Business and Stability Operations, said, “We’ve been working with Herat Ice Cream for almost two years, improving their business plans, coaching them through their finances, helping them with some of their engineering work, giving them sales training and then connecting them with an international ice cream equipment supplier.”

John Gorren, Service engineer, WCB Ice Cream, said, “It is a big upcoming market here in Afghanistan, and they need high- quality ice creams. So that is why they came to us, as a European supplier of equipment. We have a good name on that. That’s why they chose us to provide the right products they need here in Afghanistan.”

Ali Ahmad Faizi, Director, Herat Ice cream, said, “Of course there are still many problems in Afghanistan. Despite the challenges we face, the private sector continues to develop.”

Amina Osmani, Business analyst, Task Force for Business and Stability Operations, said, “It brings together many sectors, to produce and make something that people are able to see and take pride in what’s happening in the country. More ice cream is good!”

This is the script of a NATOChannel story by Jack Somerville

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