Char people to earn better selling sacrificial animals
13 August 2015, Nirapad News: Thousands of people living in the remote char areas of ten northwestern riverine districts are expecting better profits through selling their locally reared sacrificial animals before the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha festivity.
Following the ban imposed on ‘exporting’ cows from the neighboring country to Bangladesh through the corridors on the frontiers, price of the same has been increased by about 40 percent in the local markets in recent times.
As demand of cows generally shoots up before the Eid-ul-Azha festivity every year, the char people are expecting to meet the possible scarcity of sacrificial animals due to ban on imports by selling their cows to earn huge profits this time.
Thinking of high profits, they are now taking special care of their reared bullocks, calves, cows, oxen, buffaloes, sheep and goats and fattening those to have better price than any time in the past as those might have huge demand this year.
According to Agriculture and Environment Coordinator of RDRS Bangladesh Mamunur Rashid, the animal husbandry sector has been expanding fast on the sandy-barren char areas in recent years bringing fortune to the extremely poor char people.
The success has been achieved by the char people following effective implementation of the comprehensive Chars Livelihoods Programme (CLP) by a number of NGOs as partner organisations since 2004.
Thousands of the have-nots group char families have achieved self-reliance through animal husbandry along with conducting other income generation activities with CLP assistance though they struggled for survival even a decade ago, he said.
Project Manager of CLP of RDRS Bangladesh for Chilmari upazila in Kurigram Farzan Ahmed said the have-nots group char people have successfully explored the prospective animal husbandry sector in recent years with the CLP assistance.
Under the comprehensive CLP activities, the char families were assisted first to escape floods through raising plinths and achieving self-reliance by income generations, including animal husbandry, amid adverse situations, he said.
Chilmari upazila chairman Shawkat Ali Sarker, Bir Bikram, said the CLP has become one of the most effective programmes to improve livelihoods of the extremely poor char people through animal husbandry and other income generations.
Many of the char families have been rearing and fattening cows commercially and earning huge profits every year to add to their capitals after meeting their expenses for living, nutritional demand and education costs of their school-going children.
“The boosting animal husbandry sector has been flourishing the char economy and improving livelihoods, increasing milk production and meeting and fodder crisis following huge production of grass in vast char areas,” he said.
Talking to BSS, CLP beneficiaries Lal Banu, Ayesha Khatun, Delwara Begum, Rasheda Begum, Anjuara Begum, Minara Khatun, Mamtaz Begum, Sajeda Begum and many others of different char villages narrated success stories through animal husbandry.
“We are taking special care of our reared bulls now to sell those at rates between Taka 70,000 and 80,000 in place of Taka 35,000 and 50,000 last year depending on their sizes in the local markets before the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha festivity,” they hoped.
Beneficiaries Sahera Begum, Aklima Khatun, Halima Begum, Rahela Khatun and Shabana Begum said they expect to sell their eight healthier bulls, at Taka 80,000 for each, though they bought those two years back at Taka 20,000 for each.
Mamtaz Ali and his wife Jahura Khatun of char Boilmondiarkhata village said they bought six smaller sheep last year at Taka 4,500 and are expecting to sell those before the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha at Taka 20,000.
Each of Hazera Bibi, Momena Khatun and Tomiz Uddin are expecting to sell 10 goats at Taka 80,000 to 100,000 before the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha festivity after buying those at Taka 38,000 a year back.
Livelihoods Coordinator of CLP Dr. Mahbub Alam said the animal husbandry sector is boosting fast following implementation of the multi-dimensional CLP activities by the local partner NGOs in the riverine char islands.
He said 5.17 lakh people of targeted 1.33 lakh extremely poor char
households are being benefited now under the CLP phase-I during 2004-2010 and phase-II during 2010-2016 periods to improve livelihoods as well as life standards.
The UKaid through Department for International Development, Australian Government through Australian Agency for International Development and Government of Bangladesh have been funding CLP implementation.