Afghan union urges Taliban administration to ban pine nut smuggling

Afghanistan Pine Nuts Union on Wednesday called on the newly established Taliban administration to ban the smuggling of dried fruits including pine nuts out of the central Asian country.

The union said in a statement that a pause in the economic cycle of the country has led to the unemployment of thousands of people, which in part resulted in the smuggling of agricultural products including pine nuts out of the country.

The statement said, the union strategic plan want to export the pine nuts to the world markets like before and ask the Taliban administration for a ban on the smuggling.

The union also asked for re-opening the financial link between Afghanistan and the rest of the world and resuming the air corridor to facilitate the export of pine nuts to and European countries.

In 2019, Afghanistan formally launched the pine nut export via an air corridor to a number of countries, including China.

Pine nut trees grow in eight eastern provinces of Afghanistan, including Khost, Paktia, Paktika, Kapisa, Kunar, Nangarhar, Nuristan and Laghman.

According to the union, there are 40 registered small and medium-sized pine nut trading companies in the mountainous country.

It has more than 50,000 local farmers, mostly women, involved in growing and harvesting the profitable seeds from nearby forests and hilltops. (Xinhua/NAN)

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