KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Industrialists in northern Kunduz province want the government to find a profitable market for their products.
In the absence of access to the market, they would be forced shut down their businesses, the industrialists warned.
Farid Ahmad, owner of a factory, told Pajhwok Afghan News domestic products were of a higher quality than imported items, but there was no market for them.
“I have a small shoe-making factory, where eight individuals are working with me. We manufacture modern and quality footwear but lack access to the market,” he grumbled.
Najmuddin, a worker of the factory, urged the government to devise a proper plan to support the industrialists.
“The government should tell state institutions, including the military, to use domestic products. Private banks should be instructed to provide us loans,” he demanded.
Saboor Malik, who owns a plastic factory, claimed investing millions of afghanis in the business. He has hired 30 workers, but there is no proper market for his products.
Other industrialists and investors held similar views and asked the government to find a gainful market for their products.
Hakim, a shoe seller, said people did not like domestic products. He acknowledged the market was flooded with Chinese and Turkish footwear, whose prices were lower than domestic products.
Nasibullah, a customer visiting Hakim’s shop, told Pajhwok: “One pair of made-in-Afghanistan shoes accounts for 1,200 afghanis but the Chinese variant with much better quality sells for 400afs.”
Kunduz Commerce and Industry head Syed Hussain Jafari told Pajhwok the government was striving hard to find a good market for domestic products at home and abroad.
He said people should also help find the market and use domestic products instead of imported ones.