(MENAFN - Afghanistan Times) AT News Report
MUMBAI: Exporters of Afghanistan's finest fruits, nuts,
spices, honey, and juices left a Mumbai trade event this week with contracts
worth more than $123 million from buyers in India, one of the most lucrative
trade events for Afghan agriculture exporters in recent years.
More than 55 exporters showcased their products at the
two-day "Made in Afghanistan: Nature's Best" Mumbai Trade Mission and
Exhibition, organized by USAID in partnership with the Afghan Ministry of
Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock and the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce
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
"Coming to India was a game changer for us," said
Hasina Bezhan Zaeefi, owner of Akaam Zaeefi, one of the women 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 world to benefit the Afghan economy and their
journey to self-reliance.