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Afghan farmers to replace poppies with pomegranates

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KABUL: Afghanistan produces 90 percent of the world’s poppy-produced heroin supply, but that is starting to change. The industry currently employs about 3 million Afghans, but new incentives encouraging farmers to switch to crops like saffron, pomegranate and nuts are helping change the agricultural landscape. Trade routes are opening up for Afghan farmers, who are being offered grants to help ... Read More »

Afghan farmers replace poppies with pomegranates in war on drugs

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KABUL: Poppy fields across Afghanistan are slowly being replaced by pomegranate plantations as incentives offered to farmers to replace their illegal crops is turning around the war on drugs. Some of those farmers are visiting Dubai this week for Gulfood, the world’s biggest food exhibition, to bring their produce to new markets. Winning the war on drugs is seen as ... Read More »

Saudi bans afghan poultry imports over bird flu outbreak

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KABUL: The ministry said in a statement that its temporary ban was issued in accordance with the warning released by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). According to the OIE, the Afghan government recently reported two outbreaks of a highly contagious bird flu virus. The OIE said the H5 virus was detected in a backyard in Kabul where it ... Read More »

Afghan students celebrate Chinese New Year as cultural

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KABUL: As millions of people around the world are gearing up to celebrate the Chinese New Year, Chinese-language learning Afghan students have come together here to share the joy and excitement of their neighboring folk. Held at the Avicenna Language Institute of the private Ibn-Sina University in Kabul, the event was the first-ever Chinese Spring Festival celebratory ceremony to take ... Read More »

Iran Afghanistan economic commission to meet

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KABUL: Iran-Afghanistan Economic Commission will be held in Tehran in March, Afghanistan’s Chamber of Commerce and Industries announced. The two sides will discuss expansion of trade and transit ties, opportunities for joint investment in different sectors, expansion of infrastructure at Chabahar Port and the launch of branches of Afghan banks in Iran, TOLOnews reported on its website. We want government ... Read More »

Afghanistan Surge in violence hits fragile economy

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KABUL: Afghanistan is severely undermining business confidence in the country, experts have warned. Nearly 140 people died and hundreds more were injured in just four separate attacks over eight days in January. Militants struck at three locations in Kabul, including a well-known hotel used by business travellers, as well an international children’s charity in the southern city of Jalalabad. Concerns ... Read More »

Experiences and lessons for Afghanistan

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KABUL: Afghanistan and Indonesia have been enhancing during the last three years of National Unity Government (NUG), the visit of president Ghani to Indonesia and that of a team of delegates form High Peace Council of Afghanistan to the country as well as visit of the Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs to Kabul and, eventually, this time visit of Indonesian ... Read More »

Afghanistan ready to co op on auto parts supply

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KABUL:  Afghanistan discussed the issues of bilateral cooperation in the field of procurement and maintenance of auto parts. The parties discussed the issues of cooperation during the meeting in the building of Uzavtosanoat JSC with the delegation of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan headed by chief adviser to the Afghan president, Mohammad Humayon Qayoumi. During the meeting, it was noted ... Read More »

Afghanistan by taxing illegal timber trade

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KABUL: Afghanistan by taxing locals who illegally traffic timber, say residents in eastern Kunar province where the militants operate their own “customs” office. It comes after many of the hundreds of Taliban fighters in Kunar switched allegiance to ISIL. The extremist group has been expanding its footprint in Afghanistan since Nato ended its combat mission in 2014. And although US ... Read More »

Afghanistan interested in using Azerbaijan transit opportunities

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KABUL: Afghanistan is interested in using Azerbaijan’s transit opportunities, Afghan Deputy Finance Minister Najibullah Wardak, who is in Baku, said at a meeting with Chairman of Azerbaijan’s State Customs Committee Aydin Aliyev, the committee said. The Afghan deputy minister noted that Azerbaijan has a favorable economic and geographical position. The guest also stressed that Afghanistan attaches great importance to cooperation ... Read More »

Import of fresh fruit vegetables from Afghanistan banned

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KABUL: The Customs officials put forward seven conditions for importing fresh and dry fruits, cooking oil and ghee from Afghanistan. On Wednesday, the authorities stopped at least 50 trucks at the border. Meanwhile, All Torkham Customs Clearing Agents Association president Hayatullah Shinwari and other office-bearers told a press conference in Landikotal Press Club that despite other restrictions, Pakistan customs now ... Read More »

Afghan section of CASA 1000 enters new phase

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KABUL: Large-scale regional project in the power industry which is set to link Central and South Asia  CASA-1000  has entered construction phase by signing EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contracts for over 550 kilometers of high voltage direct current transmission line in Afghanistan. The Afghan section of transmission line begins in Sherkhan Bandar border with Tajikistan and ends at Torkham ... Read More »

Waiver of duty on imports from Afghanistan urged

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KABUL: Afghan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PAJCCI) has asked Islamabad to withdraw the regulatory duty on imports from Afghanistan. PAJCCI Chairman Zubair Motiwala issued the call during a meeting with Miftah Ismail, adviser to the prime minister on finance, revenue and economic affairs. According to The News International, the issue of regulatory duty on imports from Afghanistan was ... Read More »

Afghan companies attend carpet exhibition in Germany

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KABUL: Ministry of Commerce and Industries said the best Afghan carpets have been displayed in the exhibition where Afghanistan has been given 200 square meters of space to put on display the country’s products. Eleven important companies have attended this exhibition and they are expected to return with good achievements,” spokesman of the ministry Musafir Qoqandi said.  The Carpet Industry ... Read More »

Chabahar port empowers Afghanistan trade

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KABUL: The first phase of the development of Chabahar Port has been completed and is expected to energize Iran’s economy and provide India with a gateway for overland access to Afghanistan and the Central Asian states. On November 11, a consignment of 15,000 tons of wheat arrived in Afghanistan from India via Iran’s Chabahar Port. This is an important milestone ... Read More »

Drug smugglers selling opium laced with lead

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KABUL: Afghan opium traders may be adding lead to their product in order to boost profits, a report suggests. New field notes released by the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention detail multiple cases of lead poisoning among opium users and drug couriers in Iran, the main pathway for Afghani opium to the rest of the world. The report, ... Read More »

Pension crisis looms as Afghanistan grapples to fix public finances

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KABUL: In a country not short of problems, a looming pensions crisis that could cripple Afghanistan’s budget in coming years is a new headache for a government dependent on increasingly war-weary foreign donors. Pension liabilities – set to swallow the equivalent of a third of the current $5 billion budget within 15 years unless something is done – typify accumulated ... Read More »

European union to assist Afghanistan’s trade

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KABUL: The European Union has helped in preparing national economy policy with Afghan government which will help in expansion of trade ties between Afghanistan and the world, said Maurizio CIAN Head of Cooperation, the EUROPEAN UNION Delegation to Afghanistan.“Afghanistan has proudly joined the World Trade Organization which is a tool that can actively foster the overall international trade. The European ... Read More »

Afghanistan seasonal food security assessment 2017

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KABUL:  The majority of the population in Afghanistan is insecure from the perspective of both food consumption and coping capacity.  The data of SFSA 2017 shows that there are 30% of the households are either on the borderline or are poor in terms of their food consumption scores. In other terms, 30% of the households are rated among the food ... Read More »

Afghanistan registers 2.6 pct economic growth in FY 2016-2017

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KABUL: Afghanistan had a 2.6 percent economic growth rate in the Afghan Fiscal Year 1396 (2016/2017), despite persist challenges, the country’s finance ministry reported on Tuesday. “We witnessed a lot of achievements in the country’s economic sector in FY-1396. Over the year, our national revenue was higher than the target, and Afghanistan had an economic growth of 2.6 percent,” the ... Read More »