The Bolan poultry farm worth US$3 mln, provided by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), has been established in Helmand, Afghanistan, with help of Dutch contractors.
The consortium headed by Bokkers Trading, Zarant and Hatchcon were contracted for the design and realisation of this project.
The project began in 2008 with the import of 10,000 broiler and layer parent stock. Importing chicks into Lashkar Gah has proven to be very difficult with 3 flights and 2 overnights before arrival.
In 2009, John Torsius of Hatchcon realised a masterpiece of work with the installation of a complete hatchery, including 2 setters and 2 hatchers from Petersime. Besides the technical installation, Hatchcon provided training and education of the staff and management.
When in full operation the farm produces 50,000 eggs on a daily basis, 100,000 broiler chicks and 200,000 layer chicks annually.
The Bolan farm includes a broiler and layer parent stock farm, a professional hatchery and a feed mill. In addition, technical assistance and support is given to qualified private sector layer and broiler operators. The aim is to jump-start competition with imports from Pakistan, Iran and India by providing backward and forward linkages in the broiler and layer value chains.
Over $1,000,000 in sales and 450 full time jobs will be generated during the first year of operation. There is a large potential for growth in this industry as there is currently no large-scale commercial poultry industry in the south. Most eggs and chicken meat for local consumption are imported from India, Pakistan and Iran.