Safe poultry farming practices crucial for public health: speakers

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RAJSHAHI, April 20, 2018 (BSS)-Speakers at a discussion unanimously said best poultry farming practice in addition to ensuring safe poultry and its production could be the vital means of making public health free from various diseases.

They observed there should be adequate measures to bring all the poultry farmers, traders, feed manufactures, sellers and others concerned under necessary training to enhance their level of awareness in this field.

All quarters like farmers, hatchery owners, poultry bird sellers, feed meal manufacturers and sellers and the field level officers and staffs should work together to this end.

There is no alternative to a substantial and sustainable promotion of good poultry practice.

The observations came at a daylong planning workshop with multi- stakeholders in the conference hall of Divisional Deputy Director’s Office of Department of Livestock Services (DLS) in Rajshahi city on Thursday.

Consumer Association of Bangladesh (CAB) organized the workshop in association with an Issue-based project titled “Food Safety Governance in Poultry Sector in Bangladesh” and UKaid and British Council.

DLS Deputy Director Dr Sheikh Azizur Rahman and Assistant Director Dr Humayun Kabir addressed the workshop as chief and special guests respectively with CAB local unit general secretary Golam Mostofa Mamun in the chair.

Assistant director of Department of National Consumers Rights Protection Hassan Al Maruf, CAB Project Coordinator Mostofa Kamal, Field Coordinator Amor D Costa and Field Officer Mohidul Hassan and Journalist Kazi Nazmul Islam also spoke.

Dr Sheikh Azizur Rahman gave an overview of the country’s poultry sector. He puts forward a set of recommendations on how to make the poultry sector safe and hygienic.

Using overrated antibiotic in poultry feed is harmful for public health. So, time has come to look into the matter with utmost emphasis.

“We have to ensure safe poultry feed and good poultry farming management,” he added.

Rahman said consumer protection, in the broader sense, refers to the laws and regulations that ensure fair interaction between service providers and consumers.

He mentioned that the consumers’ rights in the developed nations focus on the right to information, choice, redress and representation, but we are deprived of such privileges.

Unsafe food has been adjudged as a major threat to public health, so emphasis should be given to adopting effective measures in this regard, he added.

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