Grape farmers said they have increased crops substanially this year but that they still need a bigger market for their produce.
Grape Farmers Expect Bumper Crop This Year
Figures by the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) show that at least 100,000 tons of grapes will be harvested across the country this year.
According to the ministry, this is an increase of more than 15 percent against last year.
Last year, more than 87,000 tons of grapes were harvested.
MAIL spokesman Lotfullah Rashid said Afghan farmers will earn a decent amount of money this year as a large percentage of these grapes will be exported to India.
“The activation of the air cargo route to India has resulted in a (probable) increase in income for farmers,” he said.
Meanwhile, a number of farmers and garden owners from Bagram district in Parwan province said their crops were good this year but they still need a good market for their produce.
They said they take their products to local markets but they cannot sell them at a good price.
“The increase of our harvests will not benefit us unless we have access to a good market for our products. We take our products to the center (Kabul) from far distances but we do not benefit from it,” said Zahir, a farmer in Baghlan.
Afghanistan's grapes are considered to be of a high quality around the world and are popular in India and in a number of Gulf States.