Buffalo rearing helps turn fortune of marginal people

Dhaka,  Sat,  23 September 2017
Published : 08 Aug 2017, 21:45:39

Buffalo rearing helps turn fortune of marginal people

Our Correspondent

BOGRA, Aug 8: Numerous unemployment poor and marginal farmers under Nandigra upazila of Bogra district have turned the wheel of fortune rearing buffalo from last few years back with the assistance of livestock official.

The poverty problem in the rural areas is being reduced gradually to a greater extent through making the buffalo farming at the grassroots level. The buffalo was in the way of extinction a decade ago as the farmers were getting huge profit from rearing different sort of cows.

In addition to meeting 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 in the country.

Its rearing has brought about a revolutionary change in the socio-economic condition of the poor by alleviating poverty, said Dr. Abdul Gafur upazila livestock officer of Nandigra upazila. Substantial and sustainable expansion of animal resource is cutting the poverty rate in the region, he added.

"I have started buffalo rearing since 2014 in an experimental basis in a small scale spending Tk 65,000 and made high profit from the enterprise in 2015," said farmer Abu Hasan, 45, at Kalokapur village under Nandigram upazila.

Setting up of more buffalo dairy farms, milk processing, used to prepare quality card, could contribute a lot to changing the economic conditions of the common people and alleviating poverty and eradicating scarcity once for all, hopes livestock officer of Gabtoly Abul Kalam Sansuddin.

Another farmer Kamal Uddin, 34, under Kahaloo upazila said, he has bought a couple of buffalo last year with Tk 70 thousand and spends Tk 30 thousand to pay food item. He is hoping for Tk 50 thousand as profit selling them, he added.

Deputy Director of Department of Animal Husbandry Dr. A M Shafiuzzaman said buffalo rearing has an enormous prospect of expanding the livestock sector through best uses of the existing natural resources. Its rearing boost reducing poverty line from the region very soon, he added.

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