Afghanistan: Dry fruit sales surge in Herat as Eid approaches

As Eid nears, Herat province sees a significant increase in dry fruit sales, with markets bustling from day into night.

Herat vendors report staying open until midnight to accommodate buyers over the last three nights, reflecting the heightened demand during Eid, which starts on Wednesday, April 10.

“Eid nights and days are not just profitable for dry fruit shop owners but also provide income for street vendors,” said one local vendor. Ehsanullah, another vendor, added, “Thank God, I am content with His blessings. Business is thriving, life is good, and we’re all at peace, especially during the holy month of Ramadan.”

There has also been a noticeable drop in dry fruit prices compared to last year, vendors said.

Bismillah, a Herat vendor, noted, “Last year, a kilogram of pistachios cost 800 Afghanis, but this year it’s down to 600 Afghanis. A kilogram of almonds went from 160 to 100 Afghanis, with every fruit seeing price reductions of 100 to 250 Afghanis.”

However, Daesh attacks have posed significant security challenges for the Taliban.

Taliban authorities urge public cooperation to maintain safety.

“The Herat security command is fully prepared to ensure the safety of all Herat’s areas and districts. We are actively seeking the cooperation of Herat residents in reporting any suspicious activities,” stated Abdullah Insaf, spokesperson for the Taliban police command in Herat.

Yet, the festive preparations and dry fruit sales don’t mask the underlying economic struggles faced by many in Afghanistan.

For some families, the lack of basic necessities overshadows the festive spirit. According to the World Bank, half of Afghanistan’s population lives in poverty, making Eid a challenging time rather than a joyful celebration for them.