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MAIL to build 20 cold warehouses across Afghanistan

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MAIL to build 20 cold warehouses across Afghanistan

 The Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) announces the establishment of 200 cold warehouses throughout the country, of which 20 cold stocks will be put for utilization in the coming solar year.

Akbar Rostami, spokesman for the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, told media that the procurement of 20 cold warehouses had been completed; the contracts had been signed and will be put for utilization by the end of 1397. The total costs of 20 cold stocks are more than $ 65 million, which $36 million is allocated for provincial cold warehouses and $ 28 million is for eight commercial warehouses to be built. 
He elaborated that the aforementioned 20 cold will be built for preserving vegetables and fruits in Ghazni, Faryab, Parwan, Kapisa, Farah, Nimroz, Maidan Wardak, Logar and Paktia provinces.
Earlier, a number of farmers had said that their fruits and vegetables yields were good, but due to lack of cold stocks more of these crops were being spoiled.
According to the Chamber of Commerce and Industries officials the nearby market to sell vegetables and fruits of Afghanistan is Pakistan, and Afghan farmers due to lack of cold warehouses are sell it at cheaper prices to Pakistan.
The Pakistani traders are keep Afghan crops in their cold storages and, if necessary, export them back at high prices to Afghanistan.
But, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock says that with the construction of these cold warehouses, more crops of farmers will be kept there.
A number of experts say that if the infrastructure facilities are built and keep the warehouses active, the economic problems of gardeners will be reduced.
Mirwais Khogyani an expert in this connection said that this is an important issue for Afghanistan, and more importantly, it is preventing imports of crops, if our fruits and vegetables are kept at appropriate times in the cold stocks, and when these fruits season are not, our farmers and gardeners will earn more benefit. 
Earlier, a number of gardeners and farmers in Kandahar and the neighboring provinces of Kabul had said that they were using conventional cold warehouses to keep fruits fresh and vegetables, but their crop were spoiled due to lack of electricity and infrastructure facilities, Khogyani stated.
Mohammad Jan, a farmer in this regard said that creation of cold warehouses will be very valuable for storing our products, these cold stocks can keep our products in good shape for several months and prevent our products from spoiling.  Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock emphasized that all facilities in the construction of these cold warehouses are considered.  While, in the past the farmers and gardeners had dozens of problems in the field of agriculture, especially in gardening, and their gardens were traditionally grown and their harvest was less, but with new agricultural mechanism in Afghanistan, the farmers production has grown significantly compare to the past, and the farmers and gardeners hoping to have better crop yields in the coming year, with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock.