Kabul farmers struggle as livestock numbers drop

Sunday, 24 September 2017 03:33 Written by  Heart of Asia Published in Economy Read 120 times

Residents from Kabul districts claim that livestock numbers have decreased by at least 50 percent in their areas in the past year due to a shortage of fodder and grazing land. 

 

They also claim that grazing land has been usurped by powerful men, and that drought has also impacted their businesses. 

“In Char Asiab district (in Kabul), livestock was affected when we faced droughts and also farmers lost their grazing land,” said Mohammad Noor, a resident of Char Asiab district.

Char Asiab residents said in the past they would have at least three dairy cows permanently at their homes but nowadays they sell them in Kabul. 

“We cannot keep cattle because we cannot afford the expenses for their feed,” said Sayedajan, a resident of the district.

The Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) meanwhile said they have a plan to distribute dairy cows in Kabul’s districts in order to increase dairy products in the capital.

“We want to distribute 1,500 cows to vulnerable families in Kabul districts,” said Omar Jan Mangal, head of agriculture and irrigation at the ministry.

According to MAIL officials, at least 70 percent of Afghans work in the livestock and agriculture sector.