Milk processing complex to create hundreds of jobs in Kabul

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TMP – 19/10/2017

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock has announced a 12 million dollars investment in a milk processing centre in Kabul, which aims to reduce Afghanistan’s dependency on imported dairy products.

Most importantly it is likely to create hundreds of jobs for people living in Kabul and will have a positive impact on economic growth.

The milk processing complex will have the capacity to process over 35,000 litres of milk everyday, officials said.
Jahangir Miakhail, general director of the ministry’s livestock and animal health department, confirmed that the centre will be built on Beni Hesar Farm in Kabul to the necessary international standards.

Miakhail added that the complex will have standard cold storage facilities, a centere for producing animal feed and it will provide dairy products in standard packages.

“This centre will be built based on international norms and its production will meet international norms,” Miakhail said.
Officials from the state-owned Guzargah Dairy Products Firm said there is a need for more investment in the sector – considering the huge demand for imported dairy products.
“The country needs a big milk processing centre with the capacity to produce at least 30,000 litres of milk – every day – in order to help Afghanistan become self-reliant in this sector,” said Ghulam Zekria, head of Guzargah Dairy Products.
According to a recent report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), although 75 per cent of dairy products are imported to Afghanistan, many provinces in the country have the capacity to run major dairy processing plants.