Fresh fruit export consignment from Afghanistan reaches India

Despite the Afghanistan and Taliban crisis, it doesn’t seem that there is a barrier when it comes to exporting agricultural produce.

After dry fruits and fresh vegetables, now fresh fruits including Sharda (a melon variety), pomegranate, apple and grapes are being imported by India through the Integrated Check Post (ICP) near Attari border.

Nearly 70 trucks laden with dry fruits, fresh fruits, spices, cereal and others cross over to India every day after the Afghanistan government opened the Chaman border over a fortnight ago.

Apart from fresh fruits, moong dal, onion, cumin seeds and a variety of dry fruits are being imported from Afghanistan.

A complete fresh fruit batch was imported by many Delhi-based importers and then distributed in the markets of Northern India.

Afghanistan could be an international fresh farm fruit and vegetable trading hub.  But the true potential has yet to be harnessed.

While there is an international airport and an international bus terminal offering bus services between India and Pakistan, there is policy paralysis to harness it to its true potential.

So far, Afghanistan’s major exports to India include dry fruits and Spices. Nuts, melons, resins, spices, coffee, tea, etc had the highest export value in 2019. According to the government data, the bilateral trade between the two countries crossed $1.5 billion in the 2019-2020 fiscal.

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