High Quality Feed banks - A Local Solution to Support Farmers 

Local feed banks are important for farmers because they need to source feed for their animal husbandry initiatives. While entrepreneurs have set up several feed banks in Bamyan over the years, lack of technical expertise and guidance have resulted in most of them not being sustainable. As this problem continued, many farmers found themselves unable to afford the more expensive feed from neighboring provinces.

In November 2019, under the Alternative Development (AD) Programme funded by UNODC, the Dutch Committee for Afghanistan (DCA) established a feed bank for Ghulam Bahawoodin. Bahawoodin, who ran a Veterinary Field Unit in the Bamyan center and provided animal health services to livestock farmers in the province, was eager to use his expertise in the area to manage a feed bank.

Each feed bank is provided with 1 feed mill, labelled bags, a bag sewing machine, a 1 KW generator, and has a feed processing capacity of 10 MT per 24 hours.. Those who manage feed banks are trained in the formula to prepare concentrate feed and to store them properly for winter and during droughts when no is feed available. Bahawoodin was also trained on anti-narcotics so he could better understand his role in strengthening Alternative Development activities in his community.

This support allowed Bahawoodin to produce an average of 22 tons of feed per month, generating an income of AFN 110,000 (USD 1,429). Since January 2020, his feed bank has already produced 170 tons of concentrated feed worth AFN 5,100,000 (USD 66,234). He has also sold 57 tons of feed worth AFN 1,995,000 (USD 22,909) to the DCA.

The programme supports 1,550 households as part of its poultry and dairy component in Bamyan province and approximately 40% of these beneficiaries are now also his customers. The quality of the well-priced feed and the service at the bank have resulted in many satisfied customers, 50% of whom have reported increased milk production in their dairy farms.

Encouraged with this success, Bahawoodin is keen on expanding his business. He aspires to increase the production of concentrate feed and supply it to other regions.

“Afghanistan's borders with Pakistan and Iran are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and farmers from several nearby provinces such as Wardak, Ghor, and Daikundi have contacted me for concentrate feed and I have already guaranteed them a timely high quality consignment”.

The AD programme has improved Bahawoodin's life and the lives of hundreds like him in the Bamyan province. This change was possible because of the consistent support from the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) to the Alternative Development Program in Afghanistan.

 

This Project is funded by Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL)/ US Department of State.