Dairy farming brings smile to Rajshahi rural people
Published: 02:41 PM, 4 February 2021
Dairy farming along with beef fattening has become boon for many marginalized and other grassroots people because they got the scopes of overcoming the financial hardships caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Local animal husbandry sector has marked a revolutionary boost in recent years following massive steps taken by the government and different development organizations. Both rural and urban areas, the poor and marginalized people including women have achieved tremendous successes in the
sector getting various assistance from the government and development partners.
Abdul Awal, a dairy owner of Bargachhi, said many of the families have adopted new and improved practices and technologies in dairy farming coupled with bull rearing and fattening contributing to enhanced production and productivity.
He said the Rajshahi region has started becoming enriched with animal resources during the last couple of years as a result of house to house cattle farming. The feature has brightened the prospects of mitigating any disaster situation through exporting domestic animals to areas within the country after meeting up the local demands.
Artificial insemination of cows is also gaining popularity in the region following significant achievement in improving the breeding system.
Due to the cross-breeding, the cows are giving milk ten times more than the previous record, said Dr Golam Rahid, a successful dairy farmer in the city.
Artificial insemination is a process of collecting sperm cells from a male animal and manually depositing them into the reproductive tract of a female.
He said the region has an enormous opportunity to meet up existing protein deficiency of the local people through boosting the sector.
District Livestock Officer Dr Ismail Haque said many of the rural families have been rearing and fattening bulls commercially and earning huge profits every year. The animal husbandry sector has marked a boost bringing fortune to hundreds of people in the region.
Dr Hemayetul Islam, Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer of Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences in Rajshahi University, opined substantial and sustainable promotion of dairy farming is very important for removing the existing protein deficiency of the people along with decreasing the poverty rate in the region.
Dr Islam said the unemployment problem in the rural areas could be reduced to a great extent through making the dairy farming popular at the grassroots level.
Moreover, the dairy sector can play a vital role in alleviating poverty in the region.
Meanwhile, the Rajshahi Dairy and Cattle Development Farm have been playing a pivotal role in boosting milk and meat production through the best uses of modern technologies in the region.
Located on 92.43 acres of land in the Rajabarihat area under Godagari Upazila in the district, the farm contributes a lot to breed up-gradation of cattle
side by side with slashing down the protein deficiency through enhancing milk and meat production.
In addition to the necessary office building, the farm has a 60-acre fodder ground for grass production, a 15.78-acre Byre section, and 3.57-care afforestation.
It also has eighteen sheds of various types with a holding capacity of 1,015 cattle-heads. At present, there are 259 cattle including 61 milking cows, 46 bulls, and 107 heifers on the farm. - BSS