A training workshop for the poultry farmers was held for ten days in December 2015. The R2J project offered their technical support to this programme, which implemented technical and practical training for 12 poultry farm owners, (10 male and 2 female). A pilot phase for a research process looking into the conversion of chicken litter to organic fertilizer in the Khalid Ibn Walid district of Balkh province was thus implemented. The Drukhshan Company was considered suitable as there was enough land available for the construction of the factory and enough management staff for the initial steps. The company also had 120 contracted poultry farmers who would supply the litter and of course adequate access to electricity and water as well as good relationships with the market actors.
An agreement with the Yasamin Group Laboratory was signed to carry out lab testing on the chick litter as it was being processed. The lab completed 50 tests from the 5 treatments of chicken litter in the different phases of processing.
“I am now able make money from the waste my chickens produce and I know that the organic fertilizer Druckhshan make is good for my crops. If the factory makes money, I will make money too, and be able to send my children to school…”
Bahiri Mahmood, 28, Chicken Farmer, Mazar-i-Sharif