Poultry Industry Exhibition in Taloqan Counting 130 Visitors

Together with the Directorate of Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock (DAIL) of Takhar province, the Afghan-German Cooperation organised the Poultry Industry Exhibition on 25th September at the vicinity of Directorate of Livestock and Animal Health in Taloqan City.

20 exhibitors and 130 visitors including poultry farmers, input suppliers, private veterinary clinics, government officials, international NGOs, association members from Takhar, Kunduz, Badakhshan, Baghlan provinces and the general public attended the event.

 “The main parts of today’s exhibition consisted in food safety, economic development, creating linkages between producers and relevant industry players”, the Director of DAIL in Takhar, Eng. Mohammad Saalem Saaee, highlighted. “Today’s event helps to achieve the development goals of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Economic growth of the private sector is one of the main and fundamental goals”, the Director of the Directorate of Economy in Takhar, Mohammad Zia Tareq, added.

In the past, it has been a challenge for poultry producers in Takhar, to get access to DoC (Day old Chicken) and reasonably priced feed.

The event promises to be a great opportunity to improve the communication and coordination amongst poultry industry actors at district and provincial level. The activity aims at strengthening the linkage of poultry value chain actors with Bird’s Nourishment Association, input suppliers, traders, DAIL and Directorate of Livestock and Animal Health.

Poultry industry is dominating the Afghan meat market. Strengthening the industry could result in additional incomes and the creation of many jobs along the value chain.

In cooperation with DAIL, a similar exhibition was held in 2015. To further promote the poultry industry in Afghanistan, the Afghan-German Cooperation’s Sustainable Economic Development and Employment Promotion Programme (SEDEP) decided to organise this current with the cooperation of DAIL, Bird’s Nourishment’s Association and the Directorate of Livestock and Animal Health.

The programme Sustainable Economic Development and Employment Promotion (SEDEP) is being implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The programme aims at making the Afghan economy more competitive and creating new jobs and income opportunities. Activities focus on five value chains, including nuts, dairy, poultry, wheat and vegetables. SEDEP organises agricultural trainings, covering issues such as cattle management, controlled breeding and seed production. In the same time, more than 6,700 long-term and more than 6,000 seasonal recurrent jobs have been created. Incomes of employees at enterprises and farms, including 33% women, have increased by 30%.

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