This is a best prospect industry sector for this country. Includes a market overview and trade data.
Last Published: 4/17/2016
The world market for raisins, pistachios, dried apricots, almonds, and walnuts is more than $2.2 billion, of which Afghanistan currently claims less than 3 percent.  Many of these products were formerly produced on a large scale and continue to enjoy international recognition for quality.  Raisins, for example, are Afghanistan’s primary agricultural export commodity and once accounted for 60 percent of the world’s market.  Pakistan, India, and Russia offer large, nearby markets in which Afghan products could begin regaining market share.  Existing raisin processors are ripe for new investment to increase and improve production. Ideal growing conditions exist for almonds, pistachios, and apricots.  The world’s largest importers of these products - India for almonds and Russia for dried apricots – are natural regional markets.  Low productivity of existing orchards and production facilities as well as a lack of machinery for sorting, drying, and packaging, are issues facing the industry.

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Afghanistan Food and Beverage Trade Development and Promotion