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Businessmen irked by power outages in industrial parks

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KABUL: Afghan Industrialists’ Association has expressed concerns over consistent electricity shortages and outages in the country’s industrial parks, saying that these electricity limitations in factories had reduced domestic production.

“Even in winter, to say that you have technical problems, unfortunately we only have ten to twelve hours out of twenty hours of electricity,” said Abdul Basir Tariq, executive director of the Association of Craftsmen.

“We have to have a permanent electricity supply, how long will we have to meet the needs of the neighboring countries,” said Najibullah Siddiqui, vice president of the Association of Craftsmen.

Meanwhile, some factory owners say their activity has dropped dramatically due to a lack of markets and electricity shortages.

Anahita Heydari, the administrative and financial manager of one of the factories, said: “Before, we could blind almost seventy to eighty percent of the market, but now that we are working on one shaft, we are now blinding forty to fifty percent of the market. . »

Amir Mohammad Heydari, the head of one of the factories, said: “Before, the electricity was good, that is, it was twenty-four hours, now the electricity is down and we work one shaft, we work in the morning and we do not have electricity at night.”

On the other hand, the Afghanistan Chamber of Industries and Mines says that the country’s industrial parks need more than one thousand megawatts of electricity.

“If the plan develops and other parks are activated and the investment process grows, we may need more than 1,000 megawatts of electricity,” said Mohammad Karim Azimi, executive director of the Kabul Chamber of Industries and Mines.

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