Landell Mills managed project showcases grapes in Afghanistan to boost trade and find potential international markets

The Department of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (DAIL) of Herat organised a grape exhibition in Herat city with the support of the Herat Perennial Horticulture Development Program (PHDC) of the Agricultural Research Institute of Afghanistan. The PHDC showcased more than 100 varieties of grape produced in the western region’s provinces, particularly in Herat.

Herat PHDC staff is presenting different verities of grapes to the guests

Herat PHDC staff is presenting different verities of grapes to the guests

H.E Abdul Qadeer Jawad is showing a bunch of grapes during the exhibition. The Governor of Herat (Center) and a member of parliament (Right) are also present

H.E Abdul Qadeer Jawad is showing a bunch of grapes during the exhibition. The Governor of Herat (Center) and a member of parliament (Right) are also present

A pyramid of grapes prepared by Herat PHDC

A pyramid of grapes prepared by Herat PHDC

There are six PHDCs that are located in Kabul, Herat, Mazar, Kunduz, Kandahar, and Jalalabad. All of the PHDCs are supported by EU-MAIL Transition project funded by the EU and implemented by Landell Mills. The exhibition took place in order to find markets for high-quality grapes that are produced in the western region, showcase different varieties of grapes, and identify potential deals for farmers.

During the event, H.E Mr Qadeer Jawad, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), highlighted the government’s efforts on exporting their products to international markets. He said, “Discussions are ongoing to find a solution for exporting Herat grapes to international markets. We may soon see air transportation of the western region’s grapes from Herat directly to India.” Other fruits are already transported from Kabul to India. If grapes are exported in the future then farmers will earn much more profit than selling their products domestically.

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The event attracted a large number of visitors which included provincial council members, members of Parliament, the Herat DAIL Director, private sector representatives from Germany, Turkmenistan and the local area, and farmers.