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1st Afghan cashmere dehairing plant opens in Herat

1st Afghan cashmere dehairing plant opens in Herat

Jul 31, 2011 - 14:16

HERAT CITY (PANinfo-icon): Afghanistaninfo-icon’s first cashmere dehairing facility, which is expected to boost future Afghan cashmere exports, has been inaugurated in western province of Herat.

The Herati Cashmere and Skin-Processing Plant would process more than 400 kilograms of raw cashmere each day through its line of five dehairers, the USAIDinfo-icon said on Sunday.

USAID Senior Development Officer Jim Wright said at the inaugural ceremony on Saturday: "The Herati Cashmere and Skin Processing Plant is a true success story of advancing the economy in Afghanistan, and serves as a model for many future Afghan entrepreneurs."

Abdul Basir Hotak, owner of the processing plant, purchased the equipment with the assistance of USAID and the Ministry of Agricultureinfo-icon, Irrigation and Livestock.

Most of Afghanistan's cashmere is currently exported in a raw state, selling for $35 per kilogram. With the new machines, the processed cashmere can now sell in foreign markets for $120 a kilogram.

In 2010 and 2011, the US agency helped to link Afghan cashmere traders with international buyers by supporting the traders’ participation in USAID-organised international trade missions in Tajikistan, China, Hong Kong and the United States on cashmere, fibers and skins.


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