A factory of aloe vera processing was inaugurated in Herat on Friday which can process at least 10 tons of the plant on a daily basis.
At least $2 million has been invested in the plant which is located in the industrial park in the city of Heat, owner of the company said.
Employees of the factory said the product of the factory will be used in energy drinks.
The plant has been newly introduced in the province and according to officials, it can be creating a good business similar to saffron.
“The capacity of the factory will increase in the future,” said Mohammad Haidar, an investor.
“The factory has the capacity to package its product as well,” said Mohammad Latif, an industry worker.
The Agriculture Minister Nasir Ahmad Durani who visited Herat last week said aloe vera is cultivated in five provinces and that efforts are underway to increase it to 15 provinces.
Officials said aloe vera is also used in medicines.
“The aloe vera leaf is used for soaps and detergents and now it is used in energy drinks after the inauguration of the company,” said Abdul Saboor Rahmani, the provincial director of agriculture.