Honey sellers expressed concern about the lack of markets in the country and said that their business is facing a recession due to the lack of flights through air corridors.
Their exports abroad have decreased and they asked the government to provide export opportunities for them the outside of the country.
“Honey is a one of those products for people with a good economic situation. Because of this we haven’t had good sales in past one year,” said Zahra, a honey seller.
“This year our sales were less compared with last year's. Rain affected our product,” said Wahidullah, a honey seller.
Meanwhile, the Chamber of Commerce and Investment said that if more opportunities are provided to export honey abroad Afghanistan can have a 20 million dollars income from this product annually.
“If we pay attention to it and create farms, we will have 20 to $25 million annual incomes,” said Khanjan Alokozai.
The Ministry of Industry and Commerce said that efforts are continuing to make more flights for air corridors to increase the exports of commercial goods.
“We are talking with some domestic and foreign companies about this issue, and we are trying to decrease the prices for investments and for the manufacturer.” said Abdul Salam Javad, a spokesman for the MoCI.
According to the Chamber of Commerce and Investment, in 2012 more than 3 000 tons of honey was produced in the country, and one thousand tons was exported to other countries via air corridor.