Afghan Exporters Showcase Products at Indian Trade Fair
Afghan private-sector and government officials visit a booth showcasing Afghanistan's dried fruit and nuts at the India International Trade Fair.
For Immediate Release
Monday, November 18, 2013
NEW DELHI, INDIA – Afghanistan’s leading exporters are presenting their agricultural goods, carpets and gems at the 33rd India International Trade Fair (IITF) held in New Delhi from November 14 through November 27.
Sixteen Afghan exporters are exhibiting their products in the Afghanistan Pavilion organized by the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries. Exporters of fresh and dried pomegranates, apples, apricots, grapes, dried apricots, raisins, and almonds are supported through USAID’s Commercial Horticulture and Agricultural Marketing Program implemented by Roots of Peace, an international non-profit organization.
“This is my fourth year coming to the fair,” said Mohammad Wali, president of Kabul-based Samsor Ban Ltd. “Indians are very happy with Afghan products. They are buying a lot of dried fruit, and they love pine nuts and figs.”
Wali closed several business deals in past trade fairs, and hopes to sell the 3.5 metric tons of dried fruit and nuts that he brought to the fair this year.
India, already one of Afghanistan’s largest export markets, represents a lucrative market for Afghan traders with its booming market and duty-free access for most Afghan products.