Haqjo claims three-fold increase in exports
Data from the Central Statistics Office of Afghanistan suggests the exports were sent to Pakistan, India, America, Russia, Iran, Germany, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan China and some other countries.
Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) head Mohammad Qurban Haqjo told a news conference there had been a threefold increase in exports, compared to the first three months of the last solar year.
Last year, the official recalled, Afghanistan exported $52.4 million dry fruit, medicinal plants, scrap, vegetables, carpets, precious stones, handicrafts and other items to different countries.
The main factor that hindered exports to foreign countries was the monsoon flooding in Pakistan, Haqjo said, adding Afghanistan produced about 30,000 tonnes of fresh fruits in the second quarter of the ongoing year.
In the second quarter of last year, fresh fruit exports stood at about 9050 tonnes. Afghanistan exports melons, grapes, apricots, cherries and pomegranates to about 32 countries, the ACCI chief said.
He hoped the Afghanistan's exports would increase to about $700 million by the end of the year, which ends on March 21, 2012. If transit problems are resolved with neighbouring countries, particularly with Pakistan, exports would considerably rise, he hoped.
He asked the government to send a high-powered delegation to Islamabad to remove obstacles to implementation of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA).
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