By: Shokria Kohistani
KABUL: Around one billion U.S. dollar has been invested in the last decade in the country’s poultry farming, an official said.
The National Poultry Union said that 1 billion U.S. dollar has been invested in poultry farming around the country over the past decade.
According to the Poultry Union officials, currently there are more than 10,000 big and moderate poultry forming are operating in the country, meeting 80 percent of the needs of domestic markets for chicken meats and eggs.
But, the officials still worry about illegally import of old chicken meats and unlimited chicken feeds into the country.
“Over 1,000 poultry farms are operating in this sector around the country,” the union was quoted by the agency as saying.
Officials from the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock was also quoted by the agency to say that the poultry industry can meet nearly 80 percent of the local market needs which is 290,000 tons in total on monthly basis.
Marouf Zafar, head of Afghanistan Poultry Union said, smuggling old chicken meats and eggs should be prevented to help domestic farms improve their fresh meats and eggs and offer them to local markets.
“Currently, over 290,000 tons of chicken meats are produced from local farms,” said Akbar Rustami, the spokesman of the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation told media.
This is while, Afghan citizens are complaining about low quality eggs and chicken being imported from foreign countries into Afghanistan.
From a total of $12.4 million funded by the horticulture project in poultry sector, $3.4 million has been allocated for the business farms, with 60 percent of the portion of the ministry and 40 percent share of the private sector, and the remaining for the small farm.
A poultry worker, Turyalay Hashemi said that poultry and eggs production farms have been improved since the last one year and expected to expand more and more across the country. He thanked the government for cooperation in the beefing up of poultry in the country and asked the ministries of interior and public health for using domestic poultry products and the government for sustainable support to the poultry sector.
Kabul citizens are glad to have the country being stepping up towards development and that in addition to poultry, Afghanistan is developing in other areas such as beekeeping, fish farming etc.
He said in the past, most of chicken meats and eggs were imported from outside the country, particularly Pakistan and Iran, while by the government support, poultry has expanded countrywide giving more products. “Currently horticulture and animal husbandry are improved in the country and the people are mostly using domestic products, particularly chicken meats and eggs,” Naser told The Kabul Times.