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Freezing winter kills thousands cattle in Afghanistan


Kabul: The extreme cold wave of the last week, in addition to the loss of life, has also damaged animal husbandry and caused huge losses to farmers.

In the Northern provinces, Samangan has the highest loss of livestock. According to the head of agriculture of this province, 10,653 sheep, goats and cows have died in this province.

Habibur Rahman Waqas, head of agriculture in Samangan told local media that in addition to heavy losses, 40% of the livestock in this province are facing a shortage of food materials, which increases the risk of perishing due to the cold in the future.

He said that 1,653 chickens have also died as a result of the recent cold in this province.

The head of agriculture of Samangan added that the most livestock losses were from the city of Aibak, the districts of Dara Souf Bala, Dara Souf Payeen, Hazrat Sultan, Khorram Sar, Bagh and Roi Do Ab.

Meanwhile agriculture department in Faryab reported the loss of 6,236 cattle as a result of the recent cold in this province.

Hedayatullah Qadri, livestock manager of the Takhar Agriculture Department, also told media that due to cold weather in the last week more than four thousand cattle have perished in Takhar.

He added that 5046 goats and lambs were aborted as a result of the cold.

According to Takhar’s head of agriculture, the most livestock losses occurred in the mountainous districts of the province, where people were not prepared for snowfall and cold and their livestock were grazing in the pastures.

This is despite the fact that earlier, more than 16,000 cattle were lost in Jawzjan, and more than 5,000 more in Sarpol and Kunduz as a result of the recent cold.

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