Commercial hen rearing helps farmers overcome extreme poverty in Rajshahi

Dhaka,  Wed,  20 September 2017
Published : 09 Jul 2017, 21:25:34
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Commercial hen rearing helps farmers overcome extreme poverty in Rajshahi

Roving Correspondent


JOYPURHAT, July 9: Rearing differing quality hens variety commercially, hundred poor and marginal farmers of all eight districts of Rajshahi division have driven acute poverty line from last few months.

Poultry farms have also brought a noticeable change in the root level growers as the demand of the hens is rising across the country. More than 1200 families have turned the wheel of fortune by rearing the birds across the region.

The farmers of the district have taken short term training on chicken rearing along with its proper feeding, vaccination and marketing with the assistance of local Jubo Unnayon Prosikkhan Centre at Tinmatha area. They have started in small scale rearing the birds at home based farm taking miniature loan facilities from the government run bank branches.

While visiting the remote villages of the division this correspondent found that the authority concern is supplying modern technology and other requisite facilities to their activities for making the business profitable and sustainable. Several hundred poor and extreme poor households, most of them women, have developed over 22,300 small, middle and big-size poultry farms across the area.

"I have made Tk 5, 00000 costing Tk 3, 00000 after selling eggs and chickens as both demand and market price of native chicken variety is higher than that of others" said farmer Taslim Uddin, 45, under Pachbibi upazila of Joypurhat. He again said, "many other households of the poverty- stricken community are involved in the poultry rearing activities."

The poultry farmers condemn that the price of food and medicine of the hens beyond capacity for small investors. If the price of the necessary raw materials remain under control, the farmers would be mostly benefited rearing the birds. The livestock department should come forwards to enhance the opportunity of the farm owners by any cost.

Marufar Bibi, 55, a widow said, all the family members is very much optimistic about improving their living and livelihood condition through the poultry rearing value chain. They also have learnt how to promote the chicken rearing business after the best uses of the modern technology, she added.

When contracted Md Masudur Rahman Milon, President, Bogra Chamber of Commerce and Industry said many of the rural households have now become involved in chicken rearing commercially through various government and non-government organisations (NGOs) from last few years. By taking initiative different steps, a silent revolution has been taken place in poultry rearing, he added.

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