Peshawar bans poultry, beef export to Afghanistan
KABUL (Pajhwok): The government in Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, on Wednesday imposed ban on export of poultry, beef and cattle to Afghanistan for one month aimed at controlling prices at home, Pakistani media reports.
A circular from the Deputy Commissioner office in Peshawar slashed the ban to control skyrocketing meat prices at home in the holy month of Ramazan, the Dawn.com reports.
Local traders and butchers increase the prices in the month of Ramazan, forcing authorities to ban export of beef and poultry to Afghanistan.
A cattle trader in Peshawar wishing anonymity told Pajhwok Afghan News since he was afraid authorities would create problem in his business if he criticized the inefficiency of the local administration in Peshawar.
“Everyone knows the local government officials get free meat and poultry for their use from the traders who have the right to increase the prices. The administrative officials also ask for Eid money locally known as Eidi from the traders and local businessmen when Eid comes closer. Corruption should be banned instead of imposing ban on beef and poultry,” the trader added.
Hundred of Pakistanis would lose their sources of income who were affiliated with cattle and buffalo trade with Afghanistan.
Abid Afridi, a resident of Khyber Agency, said he didn’t think the prices would decrease with the ban but he was sure the ban would increase financial sources of security personnel on check posts from Peshawar to Torkham.
Most of Afghans traders in eastern Afghanistan import daily usage items from Peshawar and the businessmen said the trade turned double before the month of Ramadan and Eid-ul-Azha.
Reports show Pakistani authorities always ban export of mutton, beef, chicken and livestock to Afghanistan when the demand increases in eastern Afghanistan.
Pervaiz Khan, a student in Nangarhar University, said most of Afghan families living in remote areas of eastern Afghanistan prefer to have beef or chicken during Iftari and the ban would increase the prices there.
Rehmatullah, a Pakistani journalist based in Kabul, said shops were filled with Iranian products and Pakistani traders and businessmen losing control over most of the markets in Afghanistan since Pakistani authorities did not facilitate Pakistani businessmen. He fears Iran would control even beef and poultry markets in Afghanistan if the situation remains the same.
It is worth mentioning that Afghan government showed interest in recent past to increase cement business with Iran which provide better quality cement than Pakistan.
The suitable grazing land has made animal husbandry an integral part of the Afghan economy few decades ago. Natural pastures of around 30,000 kilometers bless Afghanistan with sedentary, farmers who raise both animals and crops and nomadic, animal herders known as Kuchis, which used to contribute huge amount to Afghan economy.
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