News: ADT sponsors youth poultry training course
Afghan government officials from Paktya Province and U.S. Army soldiers of the 2-45th Agribusiness Development Team attended a graduation ceremony for youth poultry training in Zormat, April 13.
Before the ceremony at the Ya Habibullah High School, the 60 students received 20 chickens, a water container, a feeder and 35 kilograms of feed.
Afghan government officials present included Mohammad Zadran, the Director of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock for Paktya Province who spoke of the importance of the training and how to spread the gained knowledge.
“You can help your parents establishing small poultry farms through the training that you received,” said Zadran. “Education is the future for sustainable farming methods in Afghanistan.”
“Even if the chickens die and the coops burn, the students have the knowledge to start their chicken farming over,” said U.S. Army Sgt. Lacy Spanier, from McLoud, Okla., senior female advisor of the ADT. “Knowledge is something that can’t be taken away from the students.”
Some of the student’s parents attended the graduation ceremony and talked of the importance of their child having been selected for the 8-week poultry training. One parent was so excited for the training provided that he brought his tractor, loaded with his son’s chicken coop to show off the chickens they plan to raise on their farm.
“I am so proud of my son for completing the training,” said the father. “Our chickens have already started to lay eggs and we plan on raising additional chicks.”
Mohammad Din, chief of the National Directorate of Security for Zormat, spoke of the need for the Afghans to realize the value of the training they received from their government and also the assistance provided by the United States.
“Be thankful for this free training that you have received,” said Din. “Many Afghans would be thankful for the training that you have taken part in and of the chickens and other supplies that you were given for completing the training.”
“In the future, report bad guys to your local government officials who can take action on your reports,” said Din. “Increased security means more and larger projects will be possible in Zormat.”
The ADT is planning additional youth poultry training programs across the province, along with other agricultural projects.