Speakers at a programme on Saturday underscored the need for preserving the interest of small and marginal poultry farmers and increasing the productions in the sector to meet the growing demand of meat and egg the country.
Poultry farming in Rangpur division made a significant contribution in the national economy and would lead the business in near future, they observed.
The observations were made in a daylong media workshop and prize giving ceremony titled ‘reporting on poultry issues’ organised by a developing agency, Watch Dog, in association with Bangladesh Poultry Industries Central Council (BPICC).
Some 30 journalists of print and electronic media took part in the workshop.
Nine journalists were awarded for their excellent reports on poultry issues.
Addressing the programme as the chief guest Rangpur deputy commissioner Mohammad Waheduzaman said poultry farming made a silent revolution in the country. The demand of egg and meat could not be met unless the development of the sector.
District livestock officer Mahabubul Alam said poultry business and farming had made a significant contribution to the national economy.
According to the divisional livestock department office, there were some 6,139 poultry farms in the division. Of them, 2,379 keeps layer hens and 3,760 broiler chicken.The annual demand of meat for 155 million people of the division is around 6.72 lakh tonnes, while the production is around 6.2 lakh tonnes.
The annual demand of milk is around 14 lakh tonnes while the production in the region is around 8 lakh tonnes last year.
Rangpur Poultry Trade Owners’ Association joint secretary Mahamudul Hasan demanded easy bank loan facilitates and power supply at subsidised rate for the small and marginal poultry farmers in the region. He also urged the government to withdraw the VAT and taxes on the sector.
Professor in dairy and poultry science department of Hazi Danesh Science and Technology University, Dinajpur, Tahera Yeasmin said there was a wrong concept about poultry among the common people of the country. She said there is no existence of fake eggs in the country.
Later, nine journalists were awarded with certificates and prize money for reporting on poultry issues.
Channel-I Rangpur correspondent Merina Lovely got the first prize, DBC News correspondent Ratan Sarker got the second, Boishakhi Television correspondent Mohammad Aftab Hossain got the third, Channel 24 correspondent Nazmul Islam Nishat got the fourth, Daily Kaler Khantho correspondent Swapon Chowdhury got the fifth, Daily Samakal correspondent Iqbal Hossain got the sixth, Daily Ameder Samoy correspondent Nazrul Islam Mridha got the eighth, Daily New Age correspondent Zakir Hossain got the eighth and Daily Jai Jai Din correspondent Abedul Hafiz got the ninth prize.
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