An exhibition in Herat displayed various household products and women's handicrafts.
Products such as pottery, home appliances and jarred foods were displayed in 180 booths for three days to introduce domestic products to the public.
“In the handicraft section, 70 booths belong to women and more than 100 others are for men and industrial companies,” said Toryaly Ghawsi, deputy of the chamber of industry and commerce in Herat.
Business owners want to prevent the import of goods similar to domestic products.
“Our neighbor’s product was imported into our country before and now we are also faced with the same problem,” said Burhanuddin Khadem, an exhibitor.
“The drug and food Department has banned the importing of some materials, but it’s also imported in illegal ways,” said Abdul Baser Wayzi, an exhibitor.
In this exhibition, businesswomen are happy about the improvement of their businesses.
“Every time that we held exhibitions most of the women that didn’t have work were interested,” said Bahnaz Saljoqi, deputy of the Women's Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western provinces.
“We ask the Islamic Emirate to support women,” said Pari Seddiqi, a businesswoman.
Meanwhile, local officials in Herat said that the current government should support women.
According to the Herat province governor, for the growth of domestic production, the government provides more facilities to industrialists.
“Our goal in the short term is to close the borders to similar and non-standard goods,” said Noor Ahmad Islam Jar.
According to the Herat Chamber of Industries and Mines, the province has reached self-sufficiency in several sectors, including non-alcoholic beverages, dairy products, flour, food products including cakes and cookies, and stones for construction.