Fresh produce spoiling due to delays on Salang Highway: Traders

KABUL (TOLOnews): Fruit and vegetable traders complained delays faced by transit vehicles on the Salang highway.
Traders said that in the last week more than a hundred truckloads of fruit and vegetables were spoiled due to stops on the road.
“We ask the government to make a separate lane for fruit and vegetable vehicles, so every time they can cross and not be stopped. Every trader has lost their property now,” said Abdul Ghafoor Nasiry, head of the fruit and vegetable markets council.
“Some vehicles can cross without any problems, and I think that they allow some people to cross with money,” said Tela Mohammad Ghafuri, a trader.
Meanwhile, the chamber of agriculture and livestock called on the Islamic Emirate to allow fruit and vegetable transport vehicles to pass.
“We call on the government to allow fruit and vegetable cars and not to stop them with stone and coal cars because the produce businessmen suffer a lot,” said Merwis Naseeri, deputy of the Chamber of Agriculture and Livestock.
The Ministry of Public Works could not be reached for comment.
According to the Chamber of Agriculture and Livestock, more than 200,000 people, directly and indirectly, are active in the fruit and vegetable sectors in Afghanistan.