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Craftsmen Demands Govt.’s Sincere Support

Tuesday August 2, 2016

Kabul (BNA) Kocha Ahangari (Iron Smithing Street) located in Shorbazaar area Old Kabul city and in the past its products were quite reputable, but as a result of civil wars, the blacksmiths left this place and relocated to other places of Kabul. One of the longstanding blacksmiths, Khalifa Qand said, following completion of higher education, for ten years I worked with ICRC while since 50 years I have been involved in my father’s occupation. For 30 years our shop was in Kocha Ahangary street and for 20 years our shop was in Kocha Kahforoshi area and beside production of different instruments, we are involved in sharpening of knives, scissors etc. I have trained many students as four of them are high quality. Khalifa Qand went on to say, we produce traditional war instruments, agriculture tools, dishes, shovels, spades, axes, pickaxes, chipaxe based on our customers’ order. We engrave logo of our shop and all our products. Qand added, my son Aziz John has made a special battle axe. We also made a heavy scissor with a weight of 22kg and size of 1.20cm that can cut very heavy irons. We use a catalogue and produce according to it. For example we have made a cutting machine that cuts pipes with three inch diameter and also chips making machine that produce 70kg chips per day. Also we produce, pruning shears.
Qand said we made a helmet that was similar to ancient products of 1000 years. Before today that helmet has been displayed in a US museum. Although blacksmithing occupation is encouraging in Afghanistan but similar imported products of China and Pakistan have been fading our products despite of their high quality and resistance. If the government supports me, I will be making such products to compete the Chinese and Pakistani products. Jamal a local butcher said I always use knives made by Khalifa Qand because of their high quality. Not only the blacksmithing is fading but similar other industries have been facing serious problems. The government should impose a number of restrictions to similar foreign products and support domestic products.
Karima Malikzada
 

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