Dairy scheme among success stories in Afghanistan UN reports

The FAO dairy initiative in the capital, Kabul, and the four provinces of Logar, Wardak, Mazar and Kunduz, has helped increase family incomes from $130 to $650 a year.Further, women do the bulk of the work for the scheme and keep 95 per cent of the money.The initiative started in 2003 and focuses on integrated elements such as improved fodder, access to artificial insemination and improved veterinary services.“Starting from scratch, we helped [farmers] increase their milk production to 10,000 litres a day,” said FAO Dairy Officer Tony Bennett.Agency experts showed those taking part in the scheme how to organize themselves into cooperatives to collect milk and operate plants to pasteurize milk and product yogurt, fermented milk, butter and other products.Farmers are not the only people reaping the benefits, FAO said, with many Afghans now having access to fresh health milk products. Additionally, the success of the dairy schemes is making it much more profitable for farmers to grow fodder and seeds which can result in profits of $900 per hectare, perhaps even competing with illicit crop production.But the agency noted that security concerns, particularly in Afghanistan’s south, are curbing the growth of the project, which is part of larger FAO efforts to revitalize the country’s war-battered agricultural economy. 27 April 2009A United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) dairy project, which has boosted the incomes of 1,600 families fivefold, is among the success stories coming out of Afghanistan, the agency said today. read more

Two killed in Neliya clash

The injured were admitted to hospital and two of them later succumbed to their injuries, the police said. The police said that the suspects involved in the killing had fled the area last night and the police have been deployed to arrest them. Two people were killed following a clash between two groups in Nuwera Eliya last night, the police said.Four people were injured in the clash which broke out between the two groups in Magasthota, Nuwera Eliya. According to the police, a 50 year old man an d a 25 year old woman were those killed in the clash last night.