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Balkh Flour Mill Owners Request Halt to Flour Imports

A number of flour mill officials in Balkh, concerned about the cessation of their activities, are calling for a halt to flour imports from neighboring countries.

These mill owners, in a press conference in Balkh, urged the caretaker government to support domestic production facilities.

According to them, currently, out of more than 200 flour mills across the country, only ten are operational.

The mill owners add that if operations resume, nearly fifty thousand job opportunities will be created.

Bismillah Hamdard, the head of the Flour Millers Association in the northern region, said: "Our request to the government is to increase the import duty on flour to a level that will encourage the establishment of more mills and lead us to complete self-sufficiency."

Ahmad Shah Stanekzai, a manager of one of the flour mills in Balkh, said: "Within five years, we will achieve complete self-sufficiency and will not need any imported flour."

Other mill owners also called for stopping flour imports from neighboring countries.

Mubashir Sadat, acting head of the Chamber of Industries and Mines in Balkh, said: "If the government cooperates with us, we can have more than two hundred active mills and employ tens of thousands of workers."

Mohammad Yousuf Shahbaz, a manager of one of the flour mills in Balkh, said: "If we are allowed and provided with raw materials and facilities, we can even export flour outside Afghanistan."

According to reports, Afghanistan's annual flour demand reaches 6 million tons, and according to officials in Balkh, domestic flour mills currently have the capacity to produce 5 million tons of flour.

Balkh Flour Mill Owners Request Halt to Flour Imports

These mill owners, in a press conference in Balkh, urged the caretaker government to support domestic production facilities.

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A number of flour mill officials in Balkh, concerned about the cessation of their activities, are calling for a halt to flour imports from neighboring countries.

These mill owners, in a press conference in Balkh, urged the caretaker government to support domestic production facilities.

According to them, currently, out of more than 200 flour mills across the country, only ten are operational.

The mill owners add that if operations resume, nearly fifty thousand job opportunities will be created.

Bismillah Hamdard, the head of the Flour Millers Association in the northern region, said: "Our request to the government is to increase the import duty on flour to a level that will encourage the establishment of more mills and lead us to complete self-sufficiency."

Ahmad Shah Stanekzai, a manager of one of the flour mills in Balkh, said: "Within five years, we will achieve complete self-sufficiency and will not need any imported flour."

Other mill owners also called for stopping flour imports from neighboring countries.

Mubashir Sadat, acting head of the Chamber of Industries and Mines in Balkh, said: "If the government cooperates with us, we can have more than two hundred active mills and employ tens of thousands of workers."

Mohammad Yousuf Shahbaz, a manager of one of the flour mills in Balkh, said: "If we are allowed and provided with raw materials and facilities, we can even export flour outside Afghanistan."

According to reports, Afghanistan's annual flour demand reaches 6 million tons, and according to officials in Balkh, domestic flour mills currently have the capacity to produce 5 million tons of flour.

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