All Round View ( Peshawar) : Brightly coloured milk bottles whizz off the production line at the Milko factory in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, the result of entrepreneur Ghami Mia taking cautious line with both the Taliban and government officials.
To bring Milko to the fore, Mia has become adept at skillfully pleasing the warring rivals, which are preparing to restart peace talks next week in Qatar. People from both sides want a share of his success. People from both sides want a share of his success.
“The Taliban only take their taxes, but the government take taxes and also our products,” he explains. The company’s dairy products including flavoured milk drinks and ice creams have become well-loved throughout the region.
The Milko plant in Kandahar, Afghanistan needs to build cautious relationships with both the Taliban and government officials.
“The Taliban only pay taxes, but the government also receives taxes and our products,” he explains.
Mirco’s product line includes flavored milk drinks and ice cream, which are gaining popularity throughout the region. The company’s dairy products, such as flavored milk drinks and ice cream, are loved throughout the region.
The company supplies some of the most dangerous towns in southern Afghanistan, including Zabul, Ghazni and Lashkar Gah, which are surrounded by Taliban territory.
With his clean-shaven face and affable smile, Mia says he just a pragmatic businessman who does what he needs to to make the company thrive. “I want to continue living in Afghanistan, and working here. I don’t want to go and invest abroad,” he argues.
Milco now has a stable customer flow. After 40 years of war, Afghanistan is regularly ranked as one of the most corrupt countries in the world.
At war for 40 years, Afghanistan regularly ranks as one of the most corrupt countries in the world. Khan, a delivery driver for the dairy who goes by one name, says the local police are his biggest hurdle. “They ask me for money… and if I don’t have any, they want my goods,” he explains.
Despite the struggle against power shortages and skilled workers, the owner has managed to grow the business employing hundreds of people and offering more than 30 products, using 250 of its own cows as well as relying on farmers in rural areas.
In Arghandab district, farmers line up to drop off their fresh milk at a Milko collection point, an opportunity that has substantially boosted the income of many. But security poses a constant challenge, with some areas temporarily or permanently inaccessible for sale because of fighting, which has dramatically increased in recent months. “If the situation persists, we will be forced to close,” Mia says. “But I don’t want to let the farmers down.”
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