Fruit­ful Ties

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

An Afghan trader Haji Saif Noorna, who be­longs to Kan­da­har, has dis­patched the first ship­ment of Afghan pomegranates to Rus­sia. The 22.5 metric ton ship­ment, dis­patched with the support of the United States Agency for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment, was the first to reach Rus­sia in decades after Afghanistan’s trade ties with most coun­tries were af­fected be­cause of con­flict.

The ship­ment trav­elled through Karachi and took 55 days to reach its des­ti­na­tion. Noorna is plan­ning other ship­ments to Rus­sia. It marked a mile­stone in Afghanistan’s at­tempts to mar­ket its fa­mous pomegranates beyond its shores.

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