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Kandahar poultry farms meet 95pc of local demand

Kandahar poultry farms meet 95pc of local demand

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Jun 06, 2019 - 13:26

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Officials say poultry farms are increasing with each passing day in southern Kandahar province, meeting 95 percent of local population’s demand.

The provincial agricultureinfo-icon department will establish 312 more poultry farms and it would supply meat to other provinces besides meeting 100 percent demand of Kandahar.

Mohammad Hashim Daqiq, a member of the poultry farm industry association and head of the economic faculty of Kandahar University, said the association was created in 2017 and 470 farms were registered with it.

About 800 unregistered poultry farms are also operating in the province, he said, adding the industry provided job opportunities to 5,000 people and the products were also supplied to Helmand, Zabul, Uruzgan and Farah provinces.

The farms produced 30 tonnes of chicken meat on a daily basis, he said, calling the shortage of professional individuals, quality drugs, laboratories and smuggling of old chicken from foreign countries as main issues facing the industry.

He urged the government to take concrete steps for the growth of the industry in the province.

Agriculture Director Syed Hafizullah Syedi told Pajhwok most of the investment had been made in this province in the poultry, cow and fish farming.

“About 312 poultry farms will be created during the ongoing year and they will meet 100 percent of provincial demand and the products will be supplied to other provinces as well,” he added.

He called on the authorities concerned to check the import of low-quality drugs and stale chicken meat because these things were damaging the domestic industry.

Agriculture Department official Eng. Mohammadullah Noori said poultry farms in Kandahar had significantly grown in the past few years.

Of the 470 farms across the province, 12 produce eggs and 458 supply meat to the market. Six years ago, only 23 farms were active in Kandahar.

The farms involving an investment of more than 500 million afghanis are located in Kandahar City, Dand, Daman, Arghandab, Zheri, Panjwai, Takhta Pul and Spin Boldak districts.

These farms produce 100,000 eggs and 30,000 kilograms of meat on a daily basis, Noori said, adding the ranches -- containing up to 10,000 chickens -- meet the need of 70 percent of Kandahar residents.

Poultry farm owners in Kandahar complain they are faced with problems. If their issues are resolved by the government, they hope they will be able to meet Kandahar’s poultry requirements.

Haji Nasrullah, head of the poultry farmers’ association, has invested a huge amount of money in the business. He owns several farms.

Lack of medical facilities, doctors, low-quality medicine and high duties are major issues Nasrullah has been facing.

Ahmadullah, another investor, has built farms, but there are problems which hamper his business. He asked the agriculture ministry to stop imports of low-quality medicine from nieghbouring countries.

He also suggested promotion of domestic production of poultry feed. He lamented that eggs and chicken meat were being imported from Pakistaninfo-icon on a large scale despite the fact that domestic production could meet local needs.

Customs Director Mohammad Akbar claimed to have curbed poultry imports and said efforts were underway to eliminate the practice.

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