Rangpur Char people attain solvency by rearing sheep

Dhaka,  Sun,  24 September 2017
Published : 17 Aug 2017, 21:31:52

Rangpur Char people attain solvency by rearing sheep

Our Correspondent

RANGPUR, Aug 17: A good number of extreme poor people living in different char areas under Rangpur district are getting financially solvent through rearing goats and sheep in recent years.

Some of the char people told The FE that they rear sheep and goats as open grass fields are available in the char areas for at least seven to eight months in a year. They can also manage other fodder easily for their domestic animals in the areas.

The char people said they gather grass and other fodder for their livestock from the char areas. But during rainy season they face difficulties to collect fodder. They use stocked fodder for their domestic animals during monsoon, they added.

Shahid Mia alias Bhola, a sheep rearer at Char Thakurdas village under Kawnia  upazila said, he first started sheep rearing with only one pair of sheep around ten years ago.

Since then he has been rearing sheep and earning handsome profit. So far he sold some 30 to 32 sheep and now he has 25 sheep. He spent around Tk 40,000 at his daughter's marriage last year which he earned from the sale of sheep, he added.

Moshrefa Begum (35), of Char Mahipur at Gangachara upazila said earlier, it was so difficult to maintain their insolvent family of six members with her husband's paltry income who was a day labourer. With the aim to salvage her family she began goat rearing and witnessed remarkable success.

At the initial stage she had only two goats six years ago and presently she has 15 goats and earns around Tk 30,000 to Tk 40,000 from selling goats every year. Most of the money is spent for education of her three children. Thus she found the way to change her socio-economic condition, she added.

"We do not face financial problems in our education as our mother fulfils our requirements," said Babul (14), son of Moshrefa adding that they sometimes help their mother in caring for the goats.

Hossain Ali (50), husband of Moshrefa said that he sometimes takes money from his wife if needed. Goat rearing has become really profitable for his impoverished family, he added.

District Livestock Office sources said thousands of families at different char areas under the district rear different domestic animals including sheep and goats. Livestock officials visit char areas and provide adequate support to the char people for rearing domestic animals properly, sources also said. Due to more profit the number of livestock rearers is on the rise in the region in recent years, sources added.

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