Khost traders say in dire need of warehouses
KHOST (Pajhwok): Because of lack of warehouses, agricultural products are decomposed in hot weather in southeastern Khost province that usually inflicted financial losses on traders, businessmen said.
Mohammad Ayub Khan, a shopkeeper at vegetable market in Khost City, said authority had pledged to build warehouses but it could not be materialized yet.
“We have dire need for storehouses because the weather is very hot which spoil fresh fruits and other agriculture products,” he said.
Mohammad Zarif, another shopkeeper, said many afghani fruits were being exported to Pakistan because of absence of warehouses and after four months the same was imported back into the country with high prices.
There was no suitable market for selling of fresh fruits and vegetables, said Syed Habib, the vegetable market head in the provincial capital.
He urged the authorities concerned, especially the agriculture, irrigation and livestock department, to ensure needed facilities for fruits and vegetable business in the province.
Six years ago, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) pledged to construct storehouses in the province, trader union head, Kiramat Khan, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
The project remained unimplemented due to negligence of government, while the $ 4 million fund allocated for the project had been taken back by the US, he regretted.
Eng. Lalai Zadran, agriculture, irrigation and livestock director, said so far they had no plan to build warehouses in Khost due to lack of budget.
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