Kabul Farmers Market

Introduction

Trading and food markets are probably as old as agriculture itself, likely developing in ancient Mesopotamian and Nile Valley civilizations. As soon as communities of people moved away from subsistence farming and began specializing in agriculture and engaging in trade, the marketplace became an essential feature of community life.

Currently, farmers markets are enjoying an upsurge in popularity. The number of markets in the world has grown rapidly. The markets’ rapid growth and success has impressed community planners, historic preservationists, town council members, economic developers, and farmers alike. Farmers markets are seen as one solution to the multifaceted problem of our small holder farmers as the source of our food. People perceive farmers markets as gathering places where families can bond with neighbors and visit with friends. Farmers markets also provide a medium by which people can get closer to their food sources. Many consumers feel good about supporting local farmers. They also tend to distinguish the produce offered at farmers markets as higher in quality, more flavorful, fresher, and healthier than the produce typically found in other outlets. Farmers, in turn, can interact directly with their customers, building relationships and fostering customer loyalty while potentially generating greater profits than if they sell their produce wholesale.

 

Types of Markets

Today’s farmers markets come in a variety of types and sizes. The essential meaning of “farmers market” has become somewhat diluted as many supermarket chains and flea markets have adopted the term and closely follow the same design concept. Certified farmers markets, by definition, are sites where local farmers participate in selling direct to consumers. Certification means that a government agency has certified that the market’s vendors have grown what they sell at the market and that the market includes only farmers who are selling locally produced foods.

At a farmers market, all vendors sell “direct from the farm” items such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs, and flowers. Some farmers markets include meat, eggs, and dairy products. Farmer’s market managers often encourage the sale of value-added items such as jams, honey, specialty oils, and incorporation of local handicrafts and artisans.

Kabul Farmers Market

Kabul Farmers’ Market will be established in Kabul for the first time in Afghanistan’s history by Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock and FCOMAIL.  The market provides an excellent opportunity for growers to sell their products for added income. FCOMAIL is running Kabul Farmers’ Market for one year and after that farmers union will be responsible to run the market.

This market is going to be established in Badam Bagh area twice a week on Thursday & Friday.

FCOMAIL will support farmers through their cooperatives by providing trainings on marketing, sorting & packaging of their products.  

 

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