|Published : 16 Oct 2016, 20:39:57|
Cow rearing makes over 500 distressed families self-reliant in Bogra
BOGRA, Oct 16: Over 500 distressed families in remote Char areas of the Jamuna River under Dhunot Upazila of the district have achieved economic self-reliance through rearing cows.
Sources said the poor inhabitants do not have own lands to cultivate paddy, vegetables or other crops, so, most of them took cow rearing as a profession.
Around five years ago, the poor people including women had taken training from different government and NGO centres and started rearing cows, source added.
Yakub Ali, 40, an inhabitant of the area, has been rearing cows for the last two years. He said he has already sold four cows at a cost of Tk 98,000 and is expecting to sell other two oxen at Tk 80,000.
Another shepherd Hossain Ali, 50, says, he has five cattle including two cows. He needs not any extra cost for purchasing fodder item as he used to graze the cows in the char area from very early morning to late afternoon. If he has been provided government financial support, he will bring more cows under fattening for extra income, he demands.
Chairman of Banderbari union Atikul Karim said, "The socio-economic condition of the Char people who lived their lives in utter miseries even few years back have changed their economic condition significantly. After achieving economic self-reliance the people of the Char are now expecting to contribute their maximum efforts to make their children educated.
Upazila livestock officer Dr Abdus Samad said this area has most prospective prosperity in livestock sector if they have been provided logistic support.