USAID Trade Mission Promotes High-Value Afghan Agricultural Products to Indian Buyers
by Shrutee K/DNS
National, June 19th 2019 – Indian buyers will be able to sample Afghanistan’s finest fruits, nuts, juices, honey, and spices at an upcoming trade mission aimed at boosting sales for Afghan agricultural exports in the Indian subcontinent. The "Made in Afghanistan: Nature's Best" Mumbai Trade Mission and Exhibition will take place in Mumbai on June 21 – 22 with the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
Following on the successful trade deals amounting to over $78 million coming out of the New Delhi trade show last year, the Mumbai event will give Indian commercial importers an opportunity to connect with Afghan exporters and explore business relationships. More than 55 Afghan export firms will showcase their products.
USAID/Afghanistan Mission Director Peter Natiello noted that agriculture is the dominant force in the country’s economy and support for these events can result in opportunities for increased income and employment for Afghans living in both rural and urban areas.
“Events such as this demonstrate the U.S. government's commitment to supporting the long-term economic growth of Afghanistan and the well-being of the Afghan people,” Mission Director Natiello said.
USAID organized the Mumbai trade show in partnership with the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock and the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce & Industries.
With almost $19 billion spent on development programs in Afghanistan since 2002, USAID provides the largest bilateral civilian assistance program to Afghanistan. USAID partners with the Government and people of Afghanistan to ensure economic growth led by the country’s private sector, establish a democratic and capable state governed by the rule of law, and provide basic health and education services for all Afghans.