বৃহস্পতিবার, ২৬ মে ২০২২, ০২:৩১ পূর্বাহ্ন
Md Shahin Sagor, Rajshahi bureau: Collaborative efforts of all the government and non-government organizations concerned can be the best ways of promoting poultry, livestock and vegetable farming to eradicate the existing protein deficiency. Poultry and livestock farming are associated with various nation-building issues related to income and employment generation, women empowerment, poverty alleviation and socio-economic improvement. So, all the entities concerned and stakeholders should come forward and work together to attain the cherished goal.
Academics, experts and development activists came up with the observation while addressing a coordination meeting with different stakeholders and MoU signing ceremony between University of Rajshahi (Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences) and Heifer Project International.
Heifer International Bangladesh hosted the meeting at Parjatan Motel in the city yesterday discussing and devising ways and means on how to promote poultry, livestock and vegetable farming through mitigating
the existing challenges. Chief People Officer of Heifer International Elia Maker and its Country Director Siddiqur Rahman and Programme Director Nurun Nahar addressed the meeting as focal persons disseminating their expertise on the issue. Deputy Director of the Department of Livestock Abdul Mazid, District Livestock Officer Dr Zulfikar Akhtar Hossain and Deputy Director of the Department of Agriculture Extension Abdul Awal also spoke.
Faculty Dean of Veterinary and Animal Sciences in Rajshahi University (RU) Prof Jalal Uddin Sarder and Chairman of the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (DVAS) in RU Prof Ismat Ara Begum shared their views.
The meeting was told that the DVAS will implement a project titled “Participatory action research to improve village chicken production in Bangladesh based on sustainable Newcastle disease (ND) control”.
With intervention of the Taka 17.58-crore project, 5,000 small holder native chicken farmers in 118 villages of Natore andRajshahi districts will be brought under need-based training so that they can improve their living and livelihood conditions through farming after controlling ND. DVAS Associate Professor and Project Director Soshe Ahmed gave an overview of the three-year project along with its aims, objectives and implementation strategy during his keynote presentation.
He told the meeting that collaboration with different stakeholders will contribute a lot towards boosting production and productivity of meat and vegetables and marketing of