A Herat farmer, with his brothers, has started farming with ostriches in the western part of the country – the first in the province.
Ahmad Shah Sharifi, said he will soon start selling ostrich meat on the open market.
According to him, they started the farm with only a few breeding ostriches but their numbers have grown quickly
“We can breed 40 to 50 chicks from every female ostrich annually. In addition to this, we can sell other products such ostrich eggs, meat, oil and skin to the market,” said Sharifi.
Sharifi said they had brought in special incubators for the eggs in order to hatch chicks. These incubators can hold 400 eggs at a time.
“We bought two incubators and each one has the capacity to hold 400 eggs. We want to expand our farm in Herat and in other provinces,” Gulab Shah, a shareholder of the ostrich farm said.
The farmers invested $50,000 USD in the farm, but they say their investment has now doubled.
Meanwhile, Herat’s agriculture, irrigation and livestock department said a number of these ostriches will be moved to other provinces in order to start up ostrich farming around the country.
“We will do our best and will use all our equipment to support the ostrich farm and expand it in Herat,” the head of the agriculture expansion department of Herat’s agriculture directorate said.
The farm has meanwhile also become a source of employment for some locals, who feel that as the farm grows, more jobs will become available.