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Afghan exporters sign $123m contracts in Mumbai event

Afghan exporters sign $123m contracts in Mumbai event

Jun 26, 2019 - 17:42

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Afghanistaninfo-icon exporters left a trade event this week in Mumbai, India, with contracts worth more than $123 million from buyers, one of the most lucrative trade events for Afghan agricultureinfo-icon exporters in recent years.

More than 55 exporters of finest fruits, nuts, spices, honey and juices showcased their products at the two-day "Made in Afghanistan: Nature's Best" Mumbai Trade Mission and Exhibition.

The event was organized by USAIDinfo-icon in partnership with the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock and the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries.

Fruit led the way with $56 million in deals, followed by Asafoetida, or ‘hing,’ a spice used in food and cosmetics, with $43 million in deals.

Contracts worth $15 million were signed for nuts, primarily for pistachios and almonds. Saffron reeled in deals valued at $4.6 million, while another $2.7 million was signed for other spices. Juices and honey made up the rest.

“Coming to India was a game changer for us,” said Hasina Bezhan Zaeefi, owner of Akaam Zaeefi, one of the womeninfo-icon exporters invited to participate. “It gave us access to major Indian buyers.”

USAID is linking Afghan producers of high-value products with buyers from all over the worldinfo-icon to benefit the Afghan economy and their journey to self-reliance.


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