The Afghanistan government urged the Indian government and investors to utilise the trade opportunities in the agricultural sector of the country and sought assistance in marketing, packaging and processing of goods to boost its economy.

“Developing business to business relationships between Afghan producers and Indian retail and direct wholesale markets for our agricultural products will be critical for sustaining private sector business during the years ahead,” Abdul Qadeer Jawad, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock of Afghanistan said.

Jawad requested the investors to take advantage of the investment opportunities that agriculture offers in his country.

“We are looking for potential investors in areas such as processing of dry fruits and nuts, processing and cotton yarn production, establishment of cold chains and supply chains while in packaging the potential areas were fresh and dry fruit boxes, jars, lids, tins, glass and plastic bottles, tetra pack packaging etc.,” he said.

“In trading and marketing, investment opportunities exist in transport and logistics services such as cargo villages inside airports, trade partnership building services, marketing and branding services.”

The Afghan government has also coordinated with the civil aviation authority to establish a cargo village at Kabul Airport, he said.

“The cargo village would further help in trade facilitation. It will help in establishment of a huge cold storage facility with a capacity of over 10,000 metric tons,” Jawad said.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) and Afghanistan Women Business Federation to help develop the entrepreneurship opportunities for Afghan women in India.