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Animal husbandry accelerates uplift in char areas

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Livestock experts at a discussion have said the expanding animal husbandry sector has been accelerating socioeconomic uplift of the poor living in remote char areas in recent years.They were addressing inaugural ceremony of the ‘Livestock Technology Fair 2015’ organised at Kapna Char Primary School under Noonkhawa union in Nageswari upazila of Kurigram on Tuesday afternoon.The Kapna Char Business Centre (CBC) of Noonkhawa and Berubari unions organised the fair under the Integrated Meat and Fodder Market Development (IMFMP) Project under assistance of International Development Enterprise (IDE)-Bangladesh.The Chars Livelihoods Programme (CLP) has been implementing the project with the assistance of UK-based Department for International Development (DFID), Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and Government of Bangladesh.The IDE-Bangladesh has been working as co-facilitator of CLP for enhancing livestock sector in char areas to increase production of meat, milk, high yielding variety, quick-growing and nutritious jumbo grass and market management development.Different companies and local entrepreneurs set up stalls in the fair demonstrating healthier cattle- heads and quick-growing grasses to disseminate latest technologies among char people on animal husbandry, cow-fattening, grass cultivation and marketing.With chairman of Noonkhawa union parishad Shahjalal Mollah in the chair, Rangpur Divisional Deputy Director of the Department of Livestock Dr Shahidul Islam inaugurated the fair addressed the discussion meeting as the chief guest.Rangpur Regional Director of Agriculture Information Service Centre Abu Sayem and Sadar Upazila Livestock Officer (ULO) of Kurigram Amitabh Chakraborty addressed as the special guests.Nageswari Upazila Livestock Officer Nur Kutubul Alam, Filed Team Leader of the IMFP Project Hashem Ali Akash and its Business Development Manager Abdus Salam also addressed.In the beginning, leaders of the Kapna Char CBC and Char Kalikapur CBC under Noonkhawa union narrated the progress achieved in the animal husbandry, grass farming and marketing with the project assistance in the char areas.Highly lauding role of different NGOs, CBCs and massive government efforts, the speakers stressed for assisting the extremely poor in expanding prospective livestock sector further to enhance socioeconomic uplift char areas.They said hundreds of char people have already achieved self-reliance through commercial livestock rearing, cultivation of jumbo grass and marketing those to the main lands in cutting poverty and driving away ‘monga’ permanently.They stressed for enhancing the livestock sector in char areas to increase production of meat, milk, high yielding, quick- growing and nutritious grass and developing the market management systems to ensure more profits for the people living there.The chief guest said the project assistance has been expanding the animal husbandry sector in char areas bringing fortune to the local people through alleviating poverty and also creating possibilities in meeting local demand of nutrition, meat and milk.He stressed for enhancing expertise and skill of the char people on livestock sector, grass farming and transferring asset, knowledge, technology and other services to assist them in attaining socioeconomic uplift for leading better life. -BSS, Rangpur

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