Afghanistan-China Air Corridor inaugurated, sending 20 tons in first cargo flight

Afghanistan-China Air Corridor inaugurated, sending 20 tons in first cargo flight

Kabul—President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani inaugurated the corridor this morning, which will transport a major chunk of Afghanistan’s pine nuts output, worth $700-$800 million from Afghanistan to China annually.

20 tons of pine nuts per day will be transported to China until the end of the season this year. There are 2 to 3 thousand pine nuts available at the moment in Afghan market to be sent off. Afghanistan’s total pine nuts output is 23,000 metric tons, wherein China is the major importer of the product. 

President Ghani said that pine nuts, pistachio and cumin are the hidden treasures of Afghanistan, and the government is committed to bring out its full potential via trade corridors. He also added that farmers are determined to protect pine nut trees and work to increase their productivity.

The president said local unions will be set up to pave the ground for loans in provinces.