More expansion of livestock farming stressed
07 November 2015, Nirapad News: More expansion of animal resource farming is very important for removing the existing protein deficiency along with cutting the poverty rate in the region.
The unemployment problem in the rural areas could be reduced to a greater extent through making the dairy farming popular in the grassroots level.
Moreover, the dairy sector, having huge prospects, can bring about a revolutionary change in the socioeconomic condition of the poor by alleviating poverty.
Dr Jalal Uddin, professor of Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science of Rajshahi University, told BSS that the northwestern region has an enormous prospect of expanding the livestock sector through best uses of the existing natural resources.
In addition to meet the nutritional deficit especially meat and milk, the livestock rearing is very helpful for increasing soil nutrient, which is being declined gradually due to indiscriminate use of chemical fertilisers.
He said most of the people suffer from malnutrition specially lacking animal protein like milk, meat and egg. In this context, he revealed that production of huge amount of meat through the indigenous beef-cattle improvement would supply low cost meat to people and it will ultimately recover them from malnutrition.
Abu Bakker Ali, former president of Rajshahi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said enormous prospects are there in the dairy farm sector and asked all concerned for taking necessary steps towards this direction.
Thousands litres of milk are being produced daily in all eight districts in the region including Rajshahi and Natore and lack of adequate marketing facilities and milk processing industries are hindering desired growth of the sector.
Setting up of more dairy farms, milk processing and chilling factories could contribute a lot in changing the economic conditions of the common people and alleviating poverty and eradicating monga once for all, he added.
“We are working for boosting dairy sector and we do not only think about business and trade but also want to make the poor people self-reliant through expanding their income-generating facilities through participatory business,” said Dr Zulfiquor Md Akhtar Hossain, Additional District Animal Resource Officer.