RASC News Agency: After the Torkham crossing was blocked due to the conflict between the Taliban group and the border forces of Pakistan, a number of Afghanistani businessmen have put their fruits and vegetables on “auction”.
One of these traders says that after two days of waiting for the reopening of the Torkham crossing, they were forced to auction their fresh fruits and vegetables at the Jalalabad fruit and handicrafts market on Friday September 8.
He also added that during this period, many of his commercial shipments, which were fresh vegetables and fruits, were spoiled and he was forced to auction the rest.
Fruit sellers say that before the Torkham crossing was blocked, 7 Kg good grape in Jalalabad city was sold for 150 Kabuli/Afghani, and 7 Kg apple for 200 Kabuli/Afghani, and a Roman eggplant for 120 Afghani, but now it has been reduced to half the price.
Traders say that the blocking of the Torkham crossing has caused them heavy financial losses and they have had to sell many of their commercial cargoes at half price.
This is despite the fact that the Torkham crossing was blocked on Wednesday, September 6, after the conflict between the Taliban group and the border forces of Pakistan, and today it has been blocked for four days.
Officials of the Taliban and Pakistan have said that negotiations are ongoing between the two sides to reopen this crossing.
Torkham crossing was blocked many times before due to political differences and border conflicts between the two sides.