Learning To Maximize Fruits Of Labor

In Kandahar, fruit traders learn simple ways to handle harvests better
In Kandahar, fruit traders learn simple ways to handle harvests better
USAID's FAIDA
In Kandahar, fruit traders learn simple ways to handle harvests better
30 SEPTEMBER 2013 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
Haji Nazar Mohammad, chairman of the Kandahar Fresh Fruits Association, peers into a refractometer. He’s checking the sugar content of fruit, a skill newly learnt at post-harvest training provided by USAID’s Financial Access for Investing in the Development of Afghanistan (FAIDA).
 
Mr Mohammad and 10 other fruit traders were taught simple tests to determine optimal harvest time and ways to cool and pack their produce faster and better.
 
Till now pomegranate and grape-farmers in Kandahar had resigned themselves to “the inevitable loss of at least 50% of each harvest,” says Mr Mohammad.
 
They were unaware that “it’s because of poor harvest techniques, lack of information about handling, and issues with keeping the fruit cold until it gets to market.” He believes Kandahar’s traders will now improve fresh pomegranate and grape exports to India and Pakistan, and the sale of dried fruit to Dubai.
 
Hikmatullah, Kandahar Business Development Advisor, added that farmers had “received lots of theoretical training in the past, but practical training was a first.”

Last updated: July 21, 2014

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