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Absence of domestic market will cost a financial battle for Afghan farmers

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06.06.2020

While agitations over hike in commodity prices due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 increase across the globe, meanwhile farmers in Afghanistan face off a different foe (e.g. deflation). during the initial days of the spread of the pandemic in Afghanistan however, inflation ramped up, which doubled both customers’ and brands’ vulnerabilities in terms of customer loss and price hike. On the contrary farmers and vendors of fresh fruits are currently suffering the absence of local markets for their agricultural products (i.e. watermelon).

Likewise the last year, farmers in Farah province again face the same scenario and bear the losses of customer size due to the lack of market availability. A report published by Tolonews reveals that farmers in Farah province are compelled to sell 1kg of watermelon at a drastically low price of Afn1, equivalent to ($0.013). weary of such huge losses, farmers in that province then decided to transport their products to the neighboring Herat province, where 1kg of watermelon was sold at a comparatively higher price of Afs4. However, in the capital Kabul, the farmers could sell 1kg of watermelon at a price of Afs10 ($0.13) somewhat higher than that of Herat. Nonetheless, the transportation cost of watermelon when supplied to Kabul from Farah costs extra overheads for the farmers, which has........

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