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    Hundreds of livestock perish in Badakhshan

    FAIZABAD (PAN): Farmers in remote northeastern Badakhshan province are shifting their herds to the north as a result of a shortage of forage and subsequent deaths of a large number of animals.

    Hundreds of livestock die daily because of years of drought and heavy snowfall in the province, bordering Pakistan’s northwestern Chitral Valley, said Ilahi Bakhsh, a frower from the Spin Gul valley of Orgu district.

    He told Pajhwok Afghan News up to 2,000 livestock had been transferred from his area to Takhar and Kunduz provinces. Half of his sheep had died of cold weather on the way to Takhar, he said. “I have suffered a loss of 700,000 afghanis ($14,164).”

    Other farmers Mohammad Naeem and Fida Mohammad said they had sent 500 of their livestock to Dasht-i-Archi and Gor Tepa districts of Kunduz. Many of their sheep perished on the way, they said, adding they had to buy a bag of grass for 800afs.

    Another livestock farmer, Habib-ur-Rahman, said he had paid 8,000afs in transportation cost for taking 70 animals from the Yawan district of Badakhshan to Kunduz.

    Kashkan district chief, Mohammad Azim Musawi, said roads to 70 villages of the district had been blocked by heavy snowfall, leaving shepherds unable to transfer their animals to other provinces.

    Dozens of animals perished each day due to cold weather, he confirmed, warning all domestic animals in the district would disappear if urgent remdial measures were not taken.

    Mohammad Safi, veterinarian at the Department of Agriculture and Livestock, said the use of rotten forage had caused the death of animals.

    There are a million domestic animals in the province and the government could not supply forage for them, Director of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Mohammad Alam Alami said.