Economy

Kunduz residents flourish in business amid optimism for peace

Many say the local business environment has improved as fear of war recedes.

Reclaimed from militants, Kunar's forests spur woodworking opportunities

Local craftspeople are expanding their wares to wooden gifts and home-decor items.

Afghans call for curbed water flow to Iran

Afghan officials have repeatedly accused Iran of supporting the Taliban to prevent the construction of dams in the western region of the country.

Abdullah invites investors to Afghanistan during World Economic Forum

Afghanistan's natural resources are 'more precious than gold', Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah said in Davos, while peace talks between US and Taliban representatives continue in Qatar.

In photos: Gora back on the market

Nangarhar residents favour the Afghan sweet made from sugar cane over the Pakistani variant.

Taliban's theft of electricity payments may trigger power cut-offs in Kunduz

The annual bill the Taliban militants extort from local residents comes down to about 60 million AFN [$800,000], say Kunduz electricity officials.

Saffron production set to exceed expectations in Afghanistan

Afghan saffron cultivation is expected to reach 14 tonnes by next year -- three years ahead of schedule, officials say.

Newly inaugurated Lapis Lazuli Route opens doors for Afghan exports to Europe

Afghanistan will soon begin shipping its products to the European markets, done primarily through its two main ports, Aqina and Turghandi.

Herat authorities work to implement ban on Iranian saffron imports

Efforts are underway to stem the import of inferior Iranian saffron, which President Ashraf Ghani banned October 7.

More Herat farmers turn to saffron as alternative to poppies

The Afghan government is providing incentives for Herat farmers to grow saffron, worth up to $8 per gram, instead of illegal or haram crops such as opium poppies.