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Meat prices rise in Kandahar due to cattle smuggling

Meat prices rise in Kandahar due to cattle smuggling

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Nov 24, 2019 - 17:36

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Residents of southern Kandahar blame the lack of animals and high price of meat on livestock smuggling to Pakistaninfo-icon from the province.

They demand an end to the livestock smuggling which they say has threatened the country’s livestock sector.

Ahmad Shah, a resident of Shkarpora area of Knadahar City, said the provincial capital was the biggest livestock trade center. “Animals from Kandahar, Helmand, Uruzgan and Zabul provinces are brought here for sale.”

He said animal purchased there were then smuggled to Pakistan and there was no authority to stop the smuggling.

“Sheep and goats of one year or two years are smuggled to Pakistan and the old animals are sold here,” he said.

Ahmad Shah said this process was underway since long, pushing prices up and creating the shortage of animals.

He accused police of taking 1,000 to 800 afghanis in bribe from every truck to allow them to smuggle animals to the neighboring country.

Eng. Mohammadullah Noori, Kandahar livestock development director, also confirmed to Pajhwok that animal smuggling to Pakistan was ongoing for the past few years.

Under his responsibility, he said had shared the matter with security institutions, the provincial government and the Provincial Council but to no avail.

“Over 3,000 sheep and ghost are smuggled to Pakistan daily,” he said, citing figures and facts with the Agricultureinfo-icon Department.

The smuggling contributed to soaring meat price and created the danger of disappearance of some sheep and ghost species.

Agriculture Department Head Syed Hafeezullah Saeedi said: “We don’t reject that animals are smuggled to Pakistan. We often convey to security and provincial officials through formal letters to stop the animal smuggling.”

He said security and protection of the Durand lineinfo-icon was difficult because it was long and porous.

Some items are smuggled from this part and some smuggled from the other side of the Durand Line into Afghanistaninfo-icon.

Nasrat Rahimi, deputy spokesperson for the Ministry of Interior, said they had received complaints regarding smuggling of animals and they will take legal action against it.  He rejected police involvement in smuggling of livestock.

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