Animal Husbandry Development Project (AHDP)

Project Summary

  1. Project Name: Animal Husbandry Development Project (AHDP)
  1. Donor: Agency French Development (AFD)
  1. Project Budget: 2,500,000 EURO
  1. Project Duration: The project contract signed in October 2011 for 3 years and implementation of project started in July 2012.
  1. Location: All over Afghanistan
  1. Project Status: Ongoing
  1. Project Overall Objective:

Food Security improvement in rural areas and in main urban centres in Afghanistan as well as income generation via diversification and development of agricultural value chains

 

  1. Specific Objectives
  1. To increase dairy and fish farming production and commercialisation for national markets
  2. To develop services to producers
  3. To promote professionals organisation

 

  1. Components:

The Project will contribute to the evolution of public Centres towards Private Technical Structures in support to two Value Chains in Afghanistan: dairy and fish farming. Centres will progressively be managed by Cooperatives and their Union.

To this aim, three main components have been designed:

  1. Strengthening Centres’ capacities according to international rules.
  2. Building local expertise specialised in dairy and fish farming issues.
  3. Structuring professionals’ organisations according to their respective mandate and allowing Value Chain’s autonomy.

Huge experience has been gained during the past years and centers are recognised as core structures for services’ providing.

  1. Project Progress/ Achievements:
  1. Animal Husbandry Development Project (CAF1043)- Dairy Development Part:

 

  1. Coordination and communication:
  • To make a proper explanation of project objectives, components and methodology of work one day coordination workshop conducted with the technical and management staff of Guzargha Artificial Insemination Laboratory, Benehisar State Farm, Animal Husbandry Directorate and Veterinary Directorate.
  • Identifying of BAHDP role in improvement of Benehisar State farm through discussion and analysis of existed problems.
  • Coordination with the agriculture faculty for the practical training of faculty students in animal husbandry (artificial insemination activities.
  • Active participation in 4 days  training sessions that organized by UNDP for capacity building  of Artificial Insemination  staff, working in center and provinces.
  • Meetings and sharing information with AKDN livestock department about the AI activities in central regions, AKDN Imported 25.000 straws of semen from three breeds for central regions.
  • Meeting with HLP livestock department regarding their AI activities in 11 provinces, HLP financially supported the Importation of 25.000 straws of semen of three different breeds (BS, Jersey and HF) through vet-serve of DCA.  

 

  1. Providing of support and assistance to A. I. Laboratory :
  • Baseline survey and need assessment of Artificial Insemination Laboratory.
  • Gap analysis Artificial Insemination Laboratory based on the information collected.
  • Involvement of MAIL staff in the process of improvement and development activities with the aim to maintain integration and sustainability.
  • Preparing of improvement and development action plan of Artificial Insemination Laboratory for 6 months of 2012.
  • Preparing of procurement request documents for purchasing of needed furniture, IT equipment and tools, empty straw, bulls, container, A.I. tools, etc. needed for the project progress and development of livestock activities.
  • Planning of activities together with staff in AI center .
  1. Rehabilitation and development work with Benehisar Farm:
  • Baseline survey and need assessment of Benehisar State Farm.
  • Technical engineering survey and cost estimation for rehabilitation and improvement of genetic part of Benehisar State Farm.
  • SWOT analysis of Benehisar State Farm based on the information collected.
  • Preparing of improvement and development action plan of Benehisar State Farm for 6 months of 2012.
  • Working together with the construction Engineer to do the designing and cost estimation for rehabilitation and improvement work in new constructed bull stables, construction of boundary wall for genetic improvement compound and also walking place of bulls.
  • Planning  of development activities in Benehisar farm  together with staff and workers
  • Preparation of land allocated for cultivation of fodder crops for the breeding bulls in Benehisar Farm.

 

  1. Animal Husbandry Development Project (CAF1043)-Fish Farming Development  Part:

 

  1. Coordination and communication:
  • To make a proper explanation of project objectives, components and methodology of work one day coordination workshop conducted with the technical and management staff of Qargha and Kapisa Fish Farms, Animal Husbandry Directorate and Veterinary Directorate.
  • Coordination with the agriculture faculty for the practical training of faculty students in fish farming.

 

  1. Survey and need assessment:

Feasibility studies carried out in Parwan and Panjshir Provinces collect information about situation of existed fish farms, opportunities and constraints for establishment and development of new farms.  The summary of study and achievements carried out in mentioned provinces area as follows:

  1. The Panjshir Province has a appropriate cold climatic condition for trout fish farming, abounded water resources flowing all the time and interested peoples on fish farming. The land ownership is very less in Panjshir Province and the agriculture production is not sufficient to fulfill the family needs. Therefore, the residents have to go to other provinces and abroad for work. Some families already started fish farming on their small piece of lands. These fish farms however, have technical problems but successes as well.  So considering the availability of opportunities, suitability of environmental conditions and interest of residents the fish farming is a good income generation project for Panjsher Province. Based on these factors and main objective of MAIL “to create job opportunity for jobless peoples and to improve the living standard of those they are living in rural areas in the provinces” the animal husbandry development project developed a Fishery Industry Model Concept Paper for Panjshir province named Panjsher Fishery Industry Model. The components of this model are as follows:
  • Establishment of 3 demonstration farms (in lower, middle and upper parts of valley) in the short term,
  • Establishment of 40-50 small private farms around each demonstration farm (in lower, middle and upper parts of valley) in the short term,
  • Proper extension and capacity development work in both short and long terms,
  • Establishment of fishery cooperative in the short run,
  • Establishment of a fish farming hatchery room if the Qargha and Kapisa Farms cannot supply the needed fingerlings in the long term and
  • Establishment of a fish processing plant in the long term.

The above prepared concept paper presented to the high level management authority and coordination team of MAIL for their comments and approval.

  1. In Salang and Jabal Saraj Districts of Parwan Province there are huge number of opportunities and water resources for fish farming. During this study, 7 fish farms visited and these farms were established by the residents and help of assistant organizations. The finding of these visits are as follows:
  • Some fishes are in the size of marketing and need to be sold in the market.
  • Some constructed farms have technical problems.
  • Due to sedimentation half of the ponds filled by sand and need de-siltation.  

So to solve the existed problems of these farms there is need to work for proper coordination and arrange some technical training courses for beneficiaries on proper management of farms and marketing for these farmers. 

  1. Providing of support and assistance to Qargha and Kapisa Fish Farms
  • Baseline survey and need assessment of Qargha and Kapisa Fish Farms.
  • Technical engineering survey and cost estimation for rehabilitation and improvement of Qargha and Kapisa Fish Farms.
  • SWOT analysis of Qargha and Kapisa Fish Farms based on the information collected.
  • Involvement of MAIL staff in the process of improvement and development activities with the aim to maintain integration and sustainability.
  • Preparing of improvement and development action plan of Qargha and Kapisa Fish Farms for 6 months of 2012.
  • Complete technical engineering survey of Qargha and Kapisa Fish Farms for future rehabilitation and construction activities.
  • Providing of needed materials and tools for Qargha and Kapisa Fish Farms.
  • Preparing of procurement request documents for purchasing of needed fertile fish eggs, fish standard feed, furniture, IT tools, troughs, oxygen balloons, fish transportation tankers etc.

 

  1. Project Challenges:
  1. Lack of coordination among organizations working in the target areas.
  2. Pest and diseases
  3. Import of low quality products in the market
  4. Awareness and knowledge of beneficiaries
  1. Recommendation:
  1. Improvement of coordination among all stakeholders
  2. Improvement of extension activities in the target areas

 

  1. Budget and Financial Report by Province (Optional)
  1. The special bank account of project opened and the fund is newly transferred to it.