Durrani Pledges to Stand against Poultry Mafia

Dalwa 21: Feb 10, 2019

Nasir Ahmad Durrani, minister of agriculture, irrigation, and livestock, said that he do not retreat to the mafia network of poultry products’ traffickers at any cost.

Nasir Ahmad Durrani, addressing the National Poultry Development Conference today, said that mafia groups cannot take control.

Durrani in front of the media and officials from poultry producing factories said, “I pledge that I will not retreat at any cost, even if it costs my life.”

The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock (MAIL) banned the imports of old chickens on December 22, 2018 in order to prevent outbreak of diseases and develop poultry industry in the country.
Meanwhile a number of poultry workers said that following the ban on imports of old chickens in the country, poultry industry has been out of the recession and is developing.
Rahimullah Samandar, CEO of Chamber of Mines and Industry, termed the poultry sector as one of the most important job-creating sector in Afghanistan, adding that 400,000 people work with the sector directly or indirectly.

Marouf Zafar, director of the National Poultry Association, said that after the ban on the imports of old chickens to the country, 46 poultry farms began operating in the country with the capacity of producing 196 chickens in a single period.

According to Abdul Khalil Rahmani of National Union of Poultry Farms, Afghanistan needs over 295,000 tons of poultry meat per year of which 219,000 tons produced in Afghanistan. 
He added that one billion and 160 million eggs are consumed annually in Afghanistan of which 981 million produced inside the country.