Dry food traders and merchants are elated with the government for building them a new market from which they can store and market their goods.
The echoing halls and storage rooms are of a grand scale thereby accommodating many traders, and in their opinion, “a great place for us to keep our dry foods cool and safe.”
Abdul Ahad, head of the Dry Food Traders Union, told Sada-e Azadi, “This is a wonderful project provided to us by our local government. We needed a new market because before we were all working in the city and the space each trader had was very small, so it was very hard to expand business. As our local economy grew, more and more traders came to conduct business. Another result was that many of our products were going bad and we couldn’t sell them because we had no cool, dry storage.”
Afghanistan has seen its economy and development grow over the past decade. Local city planners smartly decided the location of the new market would enable big trucks carrying goods to market more easily. The old dry food goods market was on a small road and many large delivery trucks bringing valued products to shoppers weren’t able to get where they needed to go. The location of the new market has incorporated a solution to this old problem and now provided space so each truck can be parked in front of the shops.
Akhwand Zadah is very pleased to have a shop in the new market. “I’m very happy to be here because the government has listened to our problems and built this new market according to our concerns. Before, our products were sometimes spoiling on the trucks and this would impact the prices we had to charge in order to make a living. With good coordination between us traders, our union and the government we hope to present a good and fair price to all shoppers.”
Trading officials said they were pleased to meet the needs of the merchants. Government officials were especially concerned about providing enough space to allow the trucks to deliver goods in a timely manner.
Nasrullah Zahir, the head trading official in Kandahar, said, “The old market was 60 years old and it was suited for the past, before we had large trucks delivering goods. This new market is designed for the modern Afghanistan. We have more traders and farmers producing goods, so we determined it was important to respond to the desires of the people.”
Kandahar Municipality officials said the new market will be ready very soon and will alert all traders when they are able to begin transporting their goods to the new market. Municipality spokesman, Zmari Sargand, said, “We have already begun notifying merchants that they can begin transporting their goods to the new market. We anticipate having all traders in the new market very soon.”
The new market was inaugurated by Kandahar Mayor Mohammad Omar. It will have 400 rooms, including safe food storage spaces, and shops and was built at a cost of 2 million USD.