Officials from Afghanistan Industries Association said at least $120 million USD has been invested in the ice cream industry in Afghanistan but the sector needs government's support in order to expand.
Head of the association, Sakhi Paiman, said that lack of raw materials, electricity, a market for the products, the lack of support from government and the presence of imported ice cream products in local markets are among the challenges faced by the industry.According to him, at least 20 ice cream factories operate around the country and that they have created more than 20,000 jobs.He said: "The ice cream industry has created 20,000 jobs in Afghanistan and over $120 million USD has been invested in it. It is a sector that has reached self-sufficiently level."Some factory owners meanwhile called for government's support and accused it of not paying their sector any attention."We are faced with some problems in a number of provinces that are near borders. We have invested in these provinces but our offices are closed there," said a factory owner, Dil Aqa Shekib.