Pine nuts processing factory being established in Khost
KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): A new pine nuts processing and packaging factory is being established in southeastern Khost province, officials said on Wednesday.
Governor Hukam Khan Habibi, who laid the foundation stone of the factory, told Pajhwok Afghan News pine nuts processed at the factory would be exported to China and some European countries.
The factory, costing $2 million, is being established by the private sector on two acres of land near the provincial administrative complex south of Khost city, the provincial capital.
The governor said 8000 to 12000 tonnes of pine nuts were annually smuggled from Khost primarily to neighboring Pakistan and then other countries.
“Pine nuts from Paktia, Paktika, Khost and some other eastern provinces will be brought to this factory. It’s a great initiative for development of Afghanistan’s economic growth and it shows our province has suitable environment for entrepreneurship.”
Habibi said he was committed to paving the way for businessmen to invest in Khost province.
Meanwhile, the Khost Chamber of Commerce head Behram Burhani said the factory would enable Afghan traders to sell pine nuts in international market at higher prices.
“Currently our traders sell a kilo of pine nuts for eight dollars to Pakistani traders who sell the same nuts to China at 22 dollars, but in international market, the price reaches up to $80 per kilo.”
A member of the pine nuts traders union, Shazadah, said pine nuts produced in Afghanistan were sold in international market in the name of other countries.
He said they would be able sell the nuts themselves in international market at a better price after the establishment of the factory in Khost.
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