Enjil District, Herat Province – Farmer Najibullah is looking with satisfaction at the start of the dusty graveled Imam Shashnoor road in Kabuli village that connects to the asphalted road to Herat City.
“Thanks to the construction of this road, we are now making some 50 percent more profit as we now earn a minimum of AFN 500 (about $8.60) per day,” he says.
Farmers, like Najibullah, have benefited the most from the construction of the 10-kilometer (km) Imam Shashnoor road, which started in June 2013 and finished in February 2014. What was previously a two-hour journey by motor vehicle now takes only 20 minutess
“We would be late to the city market and our fruits would be late for sale leaving us with the only choice of selling below the actual cost,” recalls Najibullah, 35. The farmers also had to deal with a lot of other problems previously transporting their agricultural crops to the city, sometimes at the cost of losing a significant amount of their products to unreasonable road conditions.