USAID-Funded Poultry Farm Opens in Helmand
Bakhtar News Agency / August 6, 2008
A poultry farm worth three million dollars, provided by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), has been established in the volatile southern province of Helmand.
Governor Gulab Mangal visited the farm in the militancy-plagued province, where a string of development projects have been inaugurated this week as part of a huge effort to put it back on the road to normalcy.
USAID representatives and government officials from different departments accompanied the governor,
Dr. Ihsanullah said the farm had 5,000 chickens imported from Holland. The fowls include hens laying eggs for hatching, those laying eggs for human consumption and meat chicks, according to USAID chief in Helmand.
Eggs for human consumption would be sold on the local market, he said, adding the objective behind creating the farm was to obviate the need for poultry imports from the neighboring countries – Pakistan and Iran.
After a year and a half, Dr. Ihsan continued, the farm would produce 50,000 eggs on a daily basis, 100,000 meat chickens and 200,000 egg-laying hens annually. The poultry products will be supplied to other parts of the country once the needs of Helmand and adjoining provinces are met.
Residents of different districts of Helmand would be imparted poultry trainings and provided with chicken feed and other requisite resources at cheaper rates, promised the USAID official.