1,000 Afghan returnees given carpet-weaving tools
JALALABAD: The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) on Thursday distributed carpet-weaving equipment to 1,000 Afghans who recently returned from Pakistan to eastern Nangarhar province.
The tools were distributed to carpet-weavers at a special ceremony at the governor’s house in Jalalabad. Besides Governor Hayatullah Hayat, a number other officials attended the event.
Hayat, told reporters carpet-weaving tools and other raw materials worth 27 million afghanis had been distributed to 1,000 artisans.
He hoped the families that received the tools would be able to earn enough from their work and help improve domestically-produced carpets.
Rural Rehabilitation and Development Director Mujib Rahman said the families had been weaving carpets in Pakistan in the past. But now that they have returned to their country, they will make carpets under the Afghanistan trademark.
He said that MRRD was also working on finding markets for local products and providing the rural industry with essential facilities. The ministry has organised exhibitions of carpets and other products inside and outside the country.
Khatoni, a woman who returned from Pakistan two years ago, is a carpet weaver. She said they had been weaving carpets in Pakistan. Now she is doing the same job in her own country after being facilitated with resources.
Sharifa Ahmadzai, a member of the Carpet-Weavers Association in Nangarhar, hailed the MRRD assistance. She hoped the move would help reduce joblessness.
Malik Niamatullah Halimi, a tribal elder from Behsud district, called the provision of equipment to carpet-weavers a great step toward rural development. He urged the government to make efforts to improve other rural industries.