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Nangarhar poultry farms meet local needs

Nangarhar poultry farms meet local needs

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Aug 22, 2019 - 15:35

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The establishment of around 2,500 poultry farms in eastern Nangarhar provinces has met domestic needs besides creating generated thousands of jobs for locals.

However, the farm owners complain the government has been paying little attention to their business, which has been faced with a number of problems, including chicken imports and a shortage of eggs.

This Pajhwok reporter visited a poultry farm in the Saracha area of Behsud district, where 2,000 chickens are being raised on each floor of the two-storey building.

Many people worked on the farm. Haji Mohammad Ishaq Qureshi, who has built the poultry farm on two acres of land with the help of CARDEF, is happy with his business.

He has spent $50,000 on establishing the farm. CARDEF also helped him with the construction process and provided him creative ideas, the man acknowledged.

In the past, Qureshi recalled, he would grow crops on his land. But that was not a lucrative business. He himself worked on the farm along with 30 labourers.

Ghulam Jan, a worker on the farm, said his economic situation was not good in the past. But now that he has found this job, the problem has been resolved.

“Our businessmen should invest in areas that create jobs for the people. Giving jobs to more people can help improve the security situation as well,” he argued.

The Poultry Farms Union (PFU) in the eastern region said more than 3,000 farms existed in the east, including 2,500 in Nangarhar alone.

PFU spokesman Syed Rahim Khan Babakarkhel told Pajhwok that poultry farm owners had inadequate access to the market and feed.

“Pakistani chickens are still being sold in the market because they are cheaper. Raising chickens here in Nangarhar is a more expensive option,” he said.

Babakarkhel called the lack of chicken-producing factories another problem as they brought newborn chickens form Pakistaninfo-icon.

“Another problem is a shortage of feed; we have only one factory that produces feed. It meets only 60 percent of our needs,” he continued.

He said poultry farms might not survive if the government, particularly the Ministry of Agricultureinfo-icon Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), continued to ignore the industry.

But Dr. Abdul Hadi Babar, livestock manager at the Nangarhar agriculture, irrigation and livestock department, said poultry farm owners faced no problem in finding market for their products within the province.

“The poultry farms in Jalalabad, as indeed across Nangarhar province, accept grown-up chickens that come from Pakistan. All sizes of chickens are grown in Nangarhar, from where they are supplied to northern provinces and Kabulinfo-icon,” he said.

Babakharkhel added efforts were being made for building chicken producing factories and problems regarding poultry feed production has also been resolved to some extent.

The All Afghanistaninfo-icon Federation of Trade Unions (AAFTU) says poultry farm owners should take care of the healthinfo-icon of workers and the government should also support the business.

Dr. Mohammad Liaqat Adil, head of the union, said poultry farm workers remained busy day and night but they were paid only for eight hours. He denounced the toil and low wages of poultry farm workers as sheer injustice.

Thousands of youth would get work opportunities if the government paid adequate attention to the poultry industry, he believed.

Despite creating jobs for thousands of people, poultry farm-owners in Nangarhar warned the industry could collapse if the government did not pay it due attention.

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