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The Killid Group

Poultry farming booming in Balkh

Written by Sayed Zaher Adeli
Saturday, 28 May 2011 08:44

Poultry farming booming in Balkh Traders and businesspeople in the northern Balkh Province are increasingly investing in the growing poultry industry which has employed over 3,000 people, according to provincial officials and traders.
"About 80,000 eggs are produced in Khalam District and 73,000 are produced in Dehdadi District every week," said Mohammad Wakil Niazi, provincial director of the agriculture department. He said the unprecedented rise in poultry production in the two districts was the result of two government-sponsored projects through which 15-20 chicken were distributed to every vulnerable household. 
The poultry industry has also boomed due to private investments. "Over the past one decade significant progress has taken place in the poultry industry and now some local farm owners can be described as mass-producers since they offer 2,000-3,000 chickens to market every week," said Abdul Habib Afghan, co-owner of the Balkh Taj-e-Telaye Chicken Farming Cooperative, a private poultry farm. He said his farm will soon start delivering frozen chicken to the market which would be the first domestic frozen poultry product.
Haji Mohammad, another poultry trader, said his farm was producing 5,000-6,000 eggs on daily basis. "We're trying to compete with foreign poultry firms," he said.
However, there are several challenges which inhibit the ability of Afghan poultry farmers. "Chicken feed is more expensive in Afghanistan than in other countries," said Mohammad.
The Afghan poultry farming, meanwhile, is restricted to raising chickens and does not include other domesticated birds such as turkeys, ducks etc.
On the positive side, farmers and traders said the locally-produced chicken and eggs have better quality and are cheaper than those imported from abroad.
"A lot of people do not buy the imported frozen chickens because they think some of the products come from non-Muslim countries and thus they may not be Halal," said Wakil Niazi.
Afghanistan imports frozen chicken and eggs from different countries including Brazil, Pakistan and United Arab Emirates.  
"Quality of the imported chickens and eggs is also very low and that is why some people prefer to buy live chicken," said Mohammad Othman, a local vendor.
About 60 poultry farms are currently active in Balk Province which employ up to 3,000 people, according to the department of agriculture. Despite the marked progress, over 50 percent of the poultry products offered in the provincial markets are imported from abroad, officials said.
"We definitely have the potential to expand and enhance our production capacities and in addition to covering domestic markets we can even export poultry products to regional markets," said Niazi.

Comments (3)

  • Saturday, 29 December 2012 03:11 | zia ur rahman
    It is very inspiring to hear that our farmers and traders have done so much in poultry farming. i also want to invest in the same business but the problem is that i dont have experience and also lacking the one who can advice me in this regard. i have place and need someone to either support me financially and give advice. thanks Zia
  • Friday, 06 February 2015 14:39 | ALAMGIR KHAN
    ASSALAM-O-ALIKUM, Hope dear, My this message find you find you in the best of your health & life,basically i,m from Peshawar (Pakistan).and i have visited Afghanistan several time especially Mazar-e-Sharif, i was too impress from the hospitility of the people of AFGHANISTAN.all i can say is that,we have a large poultry feeding industry here in PAKISTAN.After a longe process,laboratory testing and special care of poultries health using latest tools and techniques we produce healthy,safe & secure poultry feeds.Now we are intrested for business with you,i give you assurance for our product quality,standard & innovation.We shall never compromise in our quality & standard. I shall be waiting for your positive response. stay safe and secure BEST REGARDS FROM THE CORE OF MY HEART

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