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Nangarhar sweet factories replace Pakistani products

Nangarhar sweet factories replace Pakistani products

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Sep 21, 2019 - 18:18

ALALABAD (Pajhwok): Sweet making factories have recently increased in eastern Nangarhar province, employing a large number of people and replacing Pakistani products in several provinces.

These bakeries produce 500 bags of sweets which are not only consumed in Nangarhar but also supplied to neighboring Kunar, Laghman and Nuristan provinces.

Owners of these sweet factories say they need proper places for production and uninterrupted supply of electricity in order they could produce a huge quantity of sweets and export them to other provinces.

Hundreds of people work in these factories whose officials say increase in their production paves the way for more employment.

Drinking tea with sweets is part of tradition in Afghanistaninfo-icon and most people consume sweets produced in these factories for being affordable.

Sweet factories union head Ghulam Quraishi told Pajhwok Afghan News that more than 20 sweets producing factories existed in Nangarhar and each factory produced 25 bags of sweet each day.

He said the total production reached above 500 bags on a daily basis and the product was supplied to other provinces.

Quraishi, who is associated with the business for the last four years, said his business improved with each passing year. He said 10 people worked in one factory and their total number surpassed 200.

He said the local production of sweets not only replaced imported sweets but also provided jobs to hundreds of people.

He said raw material was brought from Pakistaninfo-icon if not available locally. He said if raw material producing factories were rehabilitated in Afghanistan, their business would strengthen and the entire country would benefit.

He said due to lack of electricity in rural areas, most of sweet factories are established in Jalalabad, the provincial capital. He said if electricity was provided to such factories in rural areas, the move would help overcome unemployment.

Qari Farhad, who previously ran a handcart now works at a sweet factory in Jalalabad. He said his new job was good because he was daily paid his wage.

Another worker, Nabiullah, urged investors to establish such factories in order to rescue the youth from joblessness and asked the government to facilitate investors in this regard.

Ajmal, who sells sweets on the side of a road in Woch Dand Ghara area of Jalalabad, said nowadays only locally produced sweets were sold and bought in Nangarhar. He said every buyer only asked for local sweets.

Nangarhar governor’s spokesman Attaullah Khogyani said work on a major solar power plant was underway in Nangarhar to resolve electricity shortage being faced by factories.

He said the plant would specially supply power to industrial parks in Sheikh Mesri and Hesar Shahi areas where everyone could open a factory.

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