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First-ever scorpion farm established in Helmand

First-ever scorpion farm established in Helmand

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Nov 06, 2019 - 19:29

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A fully-equipped farm for raising scorpions has been built in southern Helmand province, where 18,000 different types of scorpions are kept.

Pir Mohammad, the farm owner, told Pajhwok Afghan News during an interview that he created the farm to prevent the smuggling of Helmand reptile.

He said his farm hosted 18,000 different types of scorpions and he had received training in this profession in Iran.

“In order to create an earning opportunity, we buy scorpions from people against different rates and then keep them in the farm,” he said.

He said scorpions and their venom were sold in international markets for different kinds of usage and research purposes.

Pir Mohammad said every scorpion produced three drops of venom in six months which was sold in international market on decent price. He added scorpions ate insects.

“If the government provided support, I can expand this farm and train people on how to keep and raise scorpions. This will help other people find work opportunities.”

Rafiullah Qalam, head of the planning and programming at Agricultureinfo-icon Department, told Pajhwok Afghan News it was the first time that a scorpion farm was established in Helmand.

“Our department will extend all possible support if more people show interest and create scorpion farms,” he said.

Scorpion farm was earlier established in Herat and according to officials one kilogram of scorpion venom is sold for one million dollars in international market.

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