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Afghanistan aims at doubling trade with India

Jul 16, 2018

With ease of government policies in India, Afghanistan aims at expanding its agro-products in the Indian market.

 

New Delhi: In an effort to strengthen commercial and economic ties between Afghanistan and India as well as to boost Afghan Agriculture exports to South Asia, more than 50 Afghan export firms participated in a two-day meet –Made in Afghanistan-Nature's Best.
Afghanistan aims at doubling the volume of trade with India to two billion dollars by 2020, said its envoy Shaida Mohammad Abdali. "Our trade volume has increased tremendously in the last few years. It has reached almost $1 billion between India and Afghanistan today. But the scope is much more and we are looking for $2 billion by 2020," Abdali said at the exporters' meet.
"Export to India is increasing due to efforts on both sides. In Afghanistan, productivity has increased." Goods transported from Afghanistan to India mainly comprise dry fruits and nuts, spices, fresh fruits, medicinal plants and handicrafts,” Abdali said.
Abdali said about 80 per cent of Afghanistan's population was dependent on agriculture and its major part of the revenue was generated from the farm sector
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He said the agriculture sector in his country was transforming as farmers were being provided cold storages facilities. Efforts were on to improve the food processing segment.
“Afghanistan is planning to add fresh fruits such as grapes and pomegranate to the export basket this year, Abdali added.
Ajmal Ahmadi, Economic Advisor to the President of Afghanistan, said the country had established air corridor connection with Delhi and Mumbai and 100 cargo flights were operated so far.
"We are planning to add more Indian cities such as Chennai and Hyderabad. Afghanistan still considers India as the largest market as it gets the ready market of one billion people for its agriculture and craft products,” Ahmadi said.
The meet was organised by USAID's Commercial Horticulture and Agricultural Marketing Program (CHAMP) in a collaboration with the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI).

CHAMP is implemented by Roots of Peace, a non-profit organization.
"According to the World Bank, more fresh and dried fruits are exported from Afghanistan than any other products. Fruit exports grew at a rate of 208 per cent from 2012 to 2015, while nut exports grew at a rate of 73 per cent during the same period," said ACCI CEO Atiqullah Nusrat.New Delhi: In an effort to strengthen commercial and economic ties between Afghanistan and India as well as to boost Afghan Agriculture exports to South Asia, more than 50 Afghan export firms participated in a two-day meet –Made in Afghanistan-Nature's Best.
Afghanistan aims at doubling the volume of trade with India to two billion dollars by 2020, said its envoy Shaida Mohammad Abdali. "Our trade volume has increased tremendously in the last few years. It has reached almost $1 billion between India and Afghanistan today. But the scope is much more and we are looking for $2 billion by 2020," Abdali said at the exporters' meet.
"Export to India is increasing due to efforts on both sides. In Afghanistan, productivity has increased." Goods transported from Afghanistan to India mainly comprise dry fruits and nuts, spices, fresh fruits, medicinal plants and handicrafts,” Abdali said.
Abdali said about 80 per cent of Afghanistan's population was dependent on agriculture and its major part of the revenue was generated from the farm sector.He said the agriculture sector in his country was transforming as farmers were being provided cold storages facilities. Efforts were on to improve the food processing segment.
“Afghanistan is planning to add fresh fruits such as grapes and pomegranate to the export basket this year, Abdali added.
Ajmal Ahmadi, Economic Advisor to the President of Afghanistan, said the country had established air corridor connection with Delhi and Mumbai and 100 cargo flights were operated so far.
"We are planning to add more Indian cities such as Chennai and Hyderabad. Afghanistan still considers India as the largest market as it gets the ready market of one billion people for its agriculture and craft products,” Ahmadi said.
The meet was organised by USAID's Commercial Horticulture and Agricultural Marketing Program (CHAMP) in a collaboration with the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI).
CHAMP is implemented by Roots of Peace, a non-profit organization.
"According to the World Bank, more fresh and dried fruits are exported from Afghanistan than any other products. Fruit exports grew at a rate of 208 per cent from 2012 to 2015, while nut exports grew at a rate of 73 per cent during the same period," said ACCI CEO Atiqullah Nusrat.
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