Animal health for boosting livestock sector stressed

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RAJSHAHI, Jan 5, 2019 (BSS)- Veterinary scientists and researchers here Friday urged the service providers to reach the livestock related necessary services to the grassroots growers for boosting the animal resources, particularly cattle and goat farming.

They viewed necessary services like production, primary treatment, deworming, vaccination and farm management should be given on priority basis to boost animal health.

They came up with the observation while conducting a daylong animal health camp at Shah Agriculture Information Library at Kaligram village under Manda Upazila in the district.

Bangladesh Livestock Society (BLS) arranged the camp in association with Incepta Animal Health.

“Attaining Soil Health for Safe Food Production and Animal Health for Safe Protein Production for achieving the ultimate goal of protecting Public health” was the main theme of the programme.

BLS President Professor Jalal Uddin Sarder and its General Secretary Dr Hemayetul Islam and Treasurer Enamul Haque addressed the meeting as focal persons. Chairman of Better Nature and Society Hasibul Hassan, Senior Area Manager of Incepta Animal Health Mustafizur Rahman and BLS Life Member Jahangir Alam Shah also spoke.

Prof Jalal Sarder, also a teacher of Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences in Rajshahi University, stressed the need for uplifting the livestock sector for food security, self-employment and poverty reduction.

He also called for due importance on adopting odern technology, promotion of high yielding varieties and farmers training to overcome the crisis.

Animal resources could be developed through strengthening the economic management. Information, specialised knowledge and research are needed.

All concerned should come forward for flourishing the animal resource sector. Contribution of the livestock sector is immense in terms of meeting up the protein deficiency and socio economic development and said there is no alternative to elevate the sector.

Besides, large-scale farming of fodder could further develop the livestock sector to contribute immensely in fulfilling the protein deficiency in the country.

More than 100 cattle were vaccinated free of cost to protect those from foot and mouth diseases in the cold-stricken village.

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