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Afghan traders sign $2.38m deals during Gulfood show

Afghan traders sign $2.38m deals during Gulfood show

Mar 22, 2016 - 13:20

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Afghan traders signed a series of deals worth $2.38 million for agricultural products in the Gulfood show in Dubai, the USAIDinfo-icon said on Tuesday.

The traders are negotiating potential deals of about $10 million following their participation in the exhibition, the worldinfo-icon’s largest annual food and hospitality event,held from February 21 to 25.

The USAID supported Afghanistaninfo-icon’s participation in 2015 Gulfood, allowing thousands of international buyers to learn about the country’s pomegranates, saffron, apples, apricots, melons, grapes, nutsand raisins.

Mahmood, marketing director of Afghan Red Pomegranate,signed the largest contract in his company’s history to export Kandahar pomegranates toSouth Korea, according to a USAID statement.

Sumaria Rahmati of Herat Saffron confirmed a deal of $700,000 from a Saudi buyer and she expects to execute it within two months.

“More and more international buyers are seeing the quality of Afghan produce. New and profitable markets are opening for the country every year as a result of events like this,” said Hanif Sufizada,private sector director at the Ministry of Agricultureinfo-icon.

Mustafa Sadiq,of the Omid Bahar Fruit-Processing Company, said Gulfood provided a great platform for Afghan producers and processors to introduce their agricultural products in international markets and to expand their business.



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