Bogra Poultry Farmers Become Self-reliant

BOGRA, Feb 20: The poultry farmers in all twelve upazilas of Bogra district are becoming financially self-reliant by rearing broiler and Pakistani species.

The farmers are gaining much profit from broiler and layer business which involves a small amount of money.

According to sources, more than 30,000 unemployed poor people in the rural areas of the district have already become solvent over the last few years.

A source at the District Livestock Office said some 3,506 big, middle and small poultry farms have been running in the rural and urban areas of the district for long reducing unemployment, as the business has emerged as a profitable one among the root-level farmers.

While visiting different farms in the district it was found that poultry farming is also meeting nutritional demand both for meat and egg in all seasons.

Besides, the livestock sector, having vast prospect, can bring about a revolutionary change in the socioeconomic condition of the poor people by curbing poverty not only in the rural but also in the urban areas.

The authorities concerned said the poultry farmers, who were distressed and frustrated and were about to close their farms due to frequent loss even a few years back, are now making profits by selling their growing hens and eggs by adopting some effective measures.

According to the sources, wholesalers from Sirajganj, Tangail, Gaibandha and Dhaka districts visit the farms to purchase hens and eggs at lucrative prices.

Rafiqul Islam, a farmer, said: “Poultry birds are being sold between Tk 130 and Tk 140 per kilogram (kg) while per Hali (four pieces) of eggs is being sold between Tk 30 and Tk 32 in the local kitchen markets.”

The farmers are getting Tk 120 to Tk 125 for a kg of poultry birds and Tk 28 to Tk 29 for per Hali of eggs from the wholesalers, he pointed out.

The farmers of the district are very happy with such good price, but they have to suffer much as the poultry birds are frequently attacked by several viruses due to rough weather, he added.

When contacted, District Livestock Officer Dr AM Safiuzzaman said there is enormous prospect of poultry farming in the district. He also urged all concerned to take necessary steps for the betterment of the farmers involved with the business.

Source: The Financial Express. Date: 20 February 2016