Modern Slaughterhouse to Help Boost Afghanistan’s Livestock, Agro-Industry

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Afghanistan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani today inaugurated Afghanistan's first modern slaughterhouse in Kabul. The slaughterhouse, totaling around $6 million, is financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Afghanistan Infrastructure Trust Fund (AITF), administered by ADB.

President Ghani was joined by cabinet ministers, parliamentarians, senior government officials, and ADB representatives at the inauguration ceremony in Kabul. The slaughterhouse will increase the production of quality meat in Afghanistan to meet domestic demand, substitute imports, and create employment opportunities.

Agriculture accounts for half of Afghanistan's gross domestic product, said ADB Country Director for Afghanistan Mr. Samuel Tumiwa. It is a key driver of sustainable economic growth and a major source of income and employment for many Afghans. The slaughterhouse will provide a welcome boost to the agricultural industry, improve economic growth, empower the private sector, as well as create jobs.

The slaughter of livestock in Afghanistan is mostly unregulated and often unhygienic, conducted in inadequate facilities or at the marketplace where the meat is sold to customers. The risk to public health has meant that Afghanistan has had to import quality meat from neighboring countries, even as livestock numbers have risen after a long period of war and severe drought. Afghanistan's livestock is now worth an estimated $3 billion, and its meat industry generates sales of up to $800 million a year.

ADB's Agriculture Market Infrastructure Project, financed by ADB through a $30 million grant and $11 million in cofinancing from the Government of the United Kingdom through AITF, also supports the construction of two modern slaughterhouses in Kabul province and three in Kunduz, Balkh, and Herat provinces. Each slaughterhouse will have the capacity to slaughter 500 small and 100 large animals like cattle, sheep, and goats in a single 8-hour working shift. It will produce 900 million kilograms (kg) of red meat per month, or 10,800 million kg per year. About 80 people, men and women, will be employed by each slaughterhouse and a further 2,325 people will benefit indirectly from all of the five slaughterhouses.

The project is part of Afghanistan's agriculture sector master plan to establish hygienic slaughter facilities to reduce waste, mitigate public health risks, and improve the hygienic quality of the meat. The slaughterhouse will also include facilities for holding livestock and for management of by-products such as hides and waste. The operation of the slaughterhouse will be undertaken by private companies.

ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. Established in 1966, it is owned by 67 members�48 from the region. In 2017, ADB operations totaled $32.2 billion, including $11.9 billion in cofinancing.

Source: Asian Development Bank