Agriculture Market Infrastructure Project (AMIP)

Agriculture Market Infrastructure Project (AMIP)


Project background:AMIP is one of the developmental projects of MAIL, funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB) with total budget US$ 30,000,000 (thirty million)

Start date:March 2009

Completion date:June 2015

Project targeted area: Seven Agricultural Zones of Afghanistan

Project status: Ongoing

Impact: Increased agricultural growth

Outcome: Development of more efficient livestock and horticulture agribusinesses

Components of the Project:

Component 1: Improved Agricultural Marketing Infrastructure:

1.1 Livestock Slaughterhouse Facility Sub-Component:

This is one of the three sub-components of improved agriculture marketing infrastructure and biggest in terms of financial with an estimated amount of $ 19.5 million.

Locations for the slaughterhouses were selected based on survey results and criteria including livestock production, market demand and technical factors. These slaughterhouses are located two in Kabul, one in Herat, one in Balkh and one in Kunduz provinces.

Each slaughterhouse has the capacity of slaughtering 500 goats and sheep’s and 100 large ruminants in one shift/8hrs with the supporting facilities of livestock holding, managing of by-products as hides, skins, casing and wastes.

Each slaughterhouse occupies 5 hectares of land and will improve the quality of meat and by-products, and provide a framework for developing enterprises to add value to products.

1.2 Farm Level Collection and Marketing Facility Sub-Component:

Other component of the improved agriculture market infrastructure is farm level collection centers (FLCC), around 19 small-scale horticulture processing centers will be established in seven agro-ecological zones of the country including of Kabul, Balkh, Kunduz, Herat, Kandahar, Nangarhar and Paktia. Each centers will be built on government or MAIL  owned land. Each center includes the facilities of packing house, solar tunnel dryer, bio-climate storage and administration facilities.

These facilities will be managed and operated by farmer’s organizations and agriculture cooperatives. The processing centers will add further value to fruits and nuts by improving products quality, processing, and packaging.

1.3 Product Standards and Laboratories Sub Component:

This sub-component is all about strengthening institution’s capacity to develop standards and regulations for improved product quality which will support agriculture sector growth.

Under this component of the project, horticulture products safety and grades guidelines and standards will be established consistent with Codex Alimentarius, SPS policy, products standards for WTO accession, upgrading and capacity support to quality control laboratories of MAIL in (Kabul, Balkh and Kandahar).

Standardized horticulture products testing and certification will facilitate utilization of products in domestic market and will improve its export.

Project Progress/ Achievements:


Slaughterhouses Sub-component:

  1. sites are selected
  2. design is completed and approved by MAIL
  3. Slaughterhouse construction work plus  delivery of Machinery has been completed 45%
  4. Meat Market survey is done and required document  for Public Private Partnership (PPP) is about to be completed but still need further improvement through consultation with stakeholders.
  5.  Cost benefit analysis for the meat market has been done and the data reflected in s.H business plan.
  6. Standard Operation Procedures (SOP)for slaughterhouse  has been developed
  7. Selection and recruitment of Meat inspectors and supervisors is under the discussion with MAIL HR (Tashkel) and directorate of animal health.


  1. Survey conducted with consultation of line departments
  2. 19 Sites have been selected in seven agriculture zones based on given selection criteria and it’s administrative documentary has been completed.
  3. Potential cooperatives are identified based on selection criteria
  4.  Based on collected data, design of facilities are developed and approved by MAIL
  5. Bidding process for selection of construction company will be completed within one month time
  6. Construction work of FLCC will be started by end of March 2014





Product Standards and LaboratorySub-component:

  1. Standards for the sensitive horticulture products are developed and four of them (pomegranate, shelled pistachio, shelled almond and unshelled almond) have been approved and accepted as national standards.
  2. SPS policy has been drafted and is under the work for further improvement
  3. Assessment of three MAIL QC labs have been done and based on that, options for project intervention are provided and shared with MAIL and ADB for further action.