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MAIL readies plan to save animals in drought-hit areas

MAIL readies plan to save animals in drought-hit areas

Apr 20, 2018 - 16:27

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): To protect domestic animals from dying and starvation in drought-hit areas, the Ministry of Agricultureinfo-icon, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) has devised a two-month strategy for arranging animal feed, but says such arrangement needs exclusive budget.

A meeting at the Presidential Palace on Thursday evening discussed the situation of livestock with Kuchiinfo-icon tribe and common people in drought-hit areas, a statement from the palace said on Friday.

At the start, Kuchi department director Dilawar Faizan briefed the meeting about the situation of livestock and negative impacts of the drought on the animals and urged the government to take serious measures for their protection.

After him, Agriculture and Livestock Minister Nasir Ahmad Durrani presented a report about the drought-hit areas and provinces, the available capacity of animal feed production, distribution plan and measures so far taken in this regard.

Durrani on the behalf of his ministry presented some proposals regarding allocation of a specific budget for animal forage by the Ministry of Finance, facilitating the procurement of animal feed and buying the fodder from Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Turkey if needed so.

The minister also proposed the creation of a delegation to distribute the forage in cooperation with the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG). To save animals’ lives promptly, Durrani said a two-month plan had been prepared and if the plan failed to deliver, it could be extended to a nine-month duration.

Addressing the meeting, President Ashraf Ghani said problems affecting animals should be preempted and it should be looked into how the feed issue could be resolved through domestic resources.

The president said the available feed should be given to livestock owners and the feed should be bought from the three mentioned countries if needed. He said Kuchi tribesmen should be assisted with regard to arranging fodder for their animals and donors should also be consulted in this regard.



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