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.