Takharis cut imported chicken meat consumption by half
TALUQAN (Pajhwok): The residents of northern Takhar province have reduced by “50 percent” consumption of imported chicken meat after some poultry farms were established in the province, an official said on Wednesday.
Agriculture Department Head Hidayatullah told Pajhwok 12 poultry farms had been established in Taluqan, the provincial capital, and some district during the past two years.
He said the 12 farms supplied as many as 290,000 kilograms of chicken meet to the market, reducing reliance on imported meat by 50 percent.
According to Hidayatullah, these farms have been constructed by local residents without being assisted by the agriculture department.
He said people in the province now did not buy imported frozen broiler meat and nobody was selling it in the market anymore.
The agriculture department head said increased local production could help improve the country’s economy.
Abdul Salam Majidi, a resident of Taluqan, said: “We are happy with the poultry business. We supply chickens to the market as well.”
He said most people had reservations about frozen imported chicken meat and many believed the frozen meat might be haram.
Majidi said the residents of Takhar were poor people and could not afford to buy meat of other animals. He hoped their business would help the poor eat the chicken meat.
Abdul Hashim, a resident of Salah village and a poultry farm owner, said he had been running the poultry business for the past two years. He said farm owners brought chickens from Pakistan and Nangrahar province.
He said: “We buy a day-old chicken for 15 to 20 afghanis and keep them in our farms until they turn 45 days old. When their weight exceeds one kilogram, then we supply them to the market.”
Another poultry farm owner Nizamuddin said the chicken meat price had decreased with the establishment of more poultry farms.
Encouraged by the positive experience of poultry farm business, the agricultural department is planning to construct a chicken production farm in the province soon.
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