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Import of Iranian fruits hampers local fruit market

Import of Iranian fruits hampers local fruit market

Mar 04, 2018 - 19:48

KABUL (Pajhwok): Some shopkeepers at the Fazel Baig Fruits Market complained against the low price of local fruits special apples and preference to apples imported from Iran.

They said the lack of marketing for local fruits and preference of contractors to Iranian apples hampered the local products and let the farmers financially down.

 Price of seven-kilogram of locally produced apples ranged from 80afs to 120afs while the same quantity of the Iranian apples 180afs, they said.

Mamor Jan, one of the local farmers who gathered at the market to register their complain, said last year the contractors purchased local fruits for security forces but this year apples had been imported from Iran due to which their business suffered.

He urged the president to reverse the last year order and direct concerned authorities to prefer local fruits and products needed by security forces which will help strengthen the local market.

Musafar Qoqundai, the ministry of commerce and industry spokesman, said that all the government organizations should buy the domestic fruits and implement the president order in this regards and buy the domestic products with 25 percent higher price.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD), said in the availability of domestically produced fruits no contractors have the rights to import fruits.

He added if there was any kind of deal the ministry would fine the contractors.