tons of grapes exported to Russia
Thursday, August 24, 2006 AOP News
Ahmad Qureshi HERAT CITY, Aug 22 (Pajhwok Afghan News):
The provincial government of the western Herat province
has exported 60 tons of grapes to Leningrad city of Russia
The consignment was part of the agreement signed between
Russia and Faqiri Company of Afghanistan under which grapes
will be exported to Russia via road. Bashir Ahmad Ahmadi,
an official at the agriculture department, told Pajhwok
Afghan News Russia was ready to import 4,500 tons of grapes
He said they were expecting over 100,000 tons of grapes
produce from orchards in Guzra, Ingil and Pashtun Zarghun
districts of the province. Haji Ahmad Shah Faqiri, in charge
of the Faqiri Company, said his company had signed the contract
with Russia about one and a half month back for export of
five different kinds of best quality grapes to that country.
The grapes exported to Russia included Kishmishi, Fakhri,
Shingul Khani, Mir Ahmadi and Hita, said Faqiri, adding
the next few years would enable them to secure a prominent
place for fruits from Afghanistan in Russian market.
He said besides Russia, some Indian businessmen had also
approached them to purchase 5,000 tons of grapes for onward
export to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).