Saffron is one of the most valuable agricultural and medical products, with a special importance to the world's agro-business. The multi-purpose use, and the medicinal characteristics of saffron have afforded it an ever-increased attention, with investment from other countries thereby causing for it to be increasingly produced, used and exported.
The construction of a new railway from the Turkmen town of Atamyrat to the Afghan settlement of Akina is under completion, the Neutral Turkmenistan newspaper reported.
Former deputy trade minister of Afghanistan Muzamil Shinwari has said that bilateral trade with Pakistan has gone down substantially due to ‘problems’ in transit trade. “If these problems are not addressed, bilateral trade could witness further decline,” warned Shinwari, who was the chief negotiator for the 2010 Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA).
UNAMA in a new report released early Sunday says that "more effective and transparent means resolving disputes over water rights key to economic growth and avoiding conflict" in Afghanistan.
"The quality and quantity of my crops this year has been better than in the past, but unfortunately a lack of buyers here and across the borders means that some of my fruit and vegetables are left to spoil," Hajji Amanullah, a farmer from the northern Takhar province, complained.
At a stall showcasing a variety of apples and grapes at a government-sponsored three-day Agricultural Exhibition here to find new buyers and markets for his products, the farmer lamented that he had harvested more fruit but had earned less money than last year due to lack of buyers.
Afghan farmers at the agricultural fair, including women, have been displaying their products including handicrafts at more than 230 stalls to attract customers.
The Minister of Urban Development and Housing Syed Sadat Mansoor Naderi said the largest housing scheme in Afghanistan’s history is underway as he noted Afghanistan is amongst the fastest urbanizing country in the world.
Pakistan Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said his country warmly welcomes the desire of regional nations to participate in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor Project (CPEC).
Another major housing project will be inaugurated in Kabul as the construction work has completed with the financial support of United Arab Emirates.
The Emirates Project consists of 111 blocks and 3,330 apartments covering 269 acres of land which has been constructed by Trojan firm.
The construction work of the project was inaugurated in mid-May 2013 in the presence of former Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the head of Abu Dhabi Development Fund.
Turkmenistan has borrowed $700 million from the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) to finance the construction of a natural gas pipeline through Afghanistan to Pakistan and India, the country's official news agency said on Friday.