320 poor families get calves in Rajshahi
RAJSHAHI, Nov 8: Some 320 poor and distressed families received calves free of cost in Paba upazila area in Rajshahi district.
Area Development Program (ADP) at Paba under World Vision Bangladesh distributed the calves as grant at its office premises yesterday with the main thrust of improving living and livelihood condition of the marginalized families.
Upazila Nirbahi Officer Zahid Newaj and District Livestock Officer Dr Zulfikar Akhter Hossain attended and addressed the programme as the chief and special guests respectively with World Vision APC Manager Liton Mondal in the chair.
Upazila Livestock Officer Dr Khandaker Sagar Ahmed, World Vision Regional Technical Coordinator Ashraful Islam, APC Technical Expert Iftekhar Ahmed, Programme Manager Lorance Mondal and Programme Officer Ratan Kumar Bhowmik also spoke. The speakers mentioned that the Rajshahi region has started becoming enriched with animal resources by dint of house to house cattle farming during the last couple of years.
UNO Zahid Newaj said many of the rural families have been rearing and fattening calves and bulls commercially and earning huge profits every year.
He urged the service providers to reach the livestock related necessary services to the grassroots growers for boosting the animal resources, particularly dairy farming. Necessary services like production, primary treatment, deworming, vaccination and farm management should be given on priority basis to boost animal health.
Dr Zulfikar Akhter Hossain stressed the need for uplifting the livestock sector for food security, self-employment and poverty reduction. He also called for adopting modern technology, promotion of high yielding varieties and farmers training.
Besides, large-scale farming of fodder could further develop the livestock sector to contribute immensely in fulfilling the protein deficiency in the country. -BSS