Mumbai Trade Mission Nets $123 Million in Contracts for Afghan Agriculture Exporters

More than 55 Afghan exporters showcased their products at the two-day "Made in Afghanistan: Nature's Best" Exhibition in Mumbai
More than 55 Afghan exporters showcased their products at the two-day "Made in Afghanistan: Nature's Best" Exhibition in Mumbai
USAID/Afghanistan

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Mumbai, India – 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 & Industries.

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 rest.

"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.

With almost $19 billion spent on development programs in Afghanistan since 2002, USAID provides the largest bilateral civilian assistance program to Afghanistan. USAID partners with the Government and people of Afghanistan to ensure economic growth led by the country’s private sector, establish a democratic and capable state governed by the rule of law, and provide basic health and education services for all Afghans.

Last updated: July 24, 2019

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