Pine nut retailers say the domestic market has shrunk as Afghans are not able to afford the current prices
Cost Of Black Pine Nuts Spike Due To Export Demand
A number of dried fruit and nut retailers on Tuesday said the price of black pine nuts has risen sharply this year due to a decrease in supply as exports have increased.
The current market price for 1kg is 2,700 AFs compared to 700 AFs per kilo last year.
According to these fruit and nut sellers, this has led to fewer Afghans buying the product.
“People are buying less pine nuts because the price is high. Even I don’t take pine nuts home,” said one retailer, Abdul Satar.
“In the past every shopkeeper could sell 15kgs of pine nuts in a day, but now they can sell only about 1kg,” said another retailer, Halim.
The Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) meanwhile said more than 1,000 tons of black pine nuts has been exported to European countries in the past year and that the ACCI is trying to increase the amount to 2,000 tons in the next year.
They also said a large percentage of these exports went to Pakistan.
“Afghanistan’s pine nuts are popular in foreign countries. But the only problem is that we do not have certificates (of quality) and a large percentage of our pine nuts are being exported to Pakistan; from there they are exported to other countries under Pakistan’s name,” said Siam Pesarlay, spokesman for the ACCI.
Pine nut retailers have however called on government to help increase supply in order to cover both domestic and foreign markets.