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Success story of Mukul who hatches duckling with hurricane light
Our Correspondent
Published :Monday, 30 May, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 8
style="margin-right: 7px;" />SIRAJGANJ, May 29: A youth at Tarash upazila of the district has surprised all by hatching duckling with the warmth of hurricane (lamp) light. He has become self-reliant through the venture and has become an icon for other unemployed youths.
The youth Mukul Hossen, son of Abu Bakkar of Kazipur village under Baruhas union in the upazila, started the venture by hatching 2,000 ducklings around six years ago. Now, around 50,000 ducklings are being hatched in 28 days from his hatchery.
On the other hand, being inspired by this venture, some people of Kazipur, Bolbha and Kushabari villages under Tarash upazila have also started the business where a number of people have been employed.
Mukul said he collects eggs of quality ducks from different places of the country for hatching ducklings. After proper checking, the collected eggs are placed on bamboo structures, covered with quilts, and hurricanes are lit under the structures. In this way, after 25 days, the quilts are removed and on the 28th day the ducklings are hatched.
Mukul informed that each of the one-day old duckling is sold at Tk 20 to 30, but the price differs following fluctuation in the market.
Mukul further said that he receives orders from different parts of the country for the sale of the ducklings several days before they are hatched.
While talking with The Daily Observer, Mukul informed that six years back he went to Hazirhat village under Pabna district to work as day-labourer. There he noticed a retired army man hatching ducklings through hurricane light. He gathered experience and after returning home he started the venture. In this way he developed his business over the last six years.
Now, he has six labourers in his hatchery whose average monthly income is Tk 7,000 to 10,000. He put emphasis on more production of ducklings since there is scarcity of the product in the country.
He said that if he had got government support he could expand his business where many people could be employed. He emphasised the standard training in this connection and urged unemployed youths to get them involved in this business.
District Livestock Officer Dr Md Akhteruzzaman Bhuiyan said in some places ducklings are also being hatched using rice bran. He admitted that he knows the venture of Mukul Hossen and assured him of all types of assistance.

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