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Safe poultry farming practices vital for sound public health

RAJSHAHI, Dec 27, 2017 (BSS)- Speakers at a discussion viewed good poultry farming practice in addition to ensuring safe poultry and its production is very vital for making public health free from various diseases.

They mentioned there should be adequate measures to bring all the poultry farmers, traders, feed manufactures, sellers and others concerned under necessary training to enhance their 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 substantial and sustainable promotion of good poultry practice.

The observations came at a day-long inception workshop of an Issue-based project titled "Food Safety Governance in Poultry Sector in Bangladesh" at Paba Upazila Parishad conference hall in Rajshahi yesterday.

Consumer Association of Bangladesh (CAB) organized the workshop in association with UKaid and British Council. Bangladesh Aquaculture Alliance (BAA) organised the training in association with Bangladesh Economic Growth Project and Business Promotion Council under the Ministry of Commerce.

Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Md Shalauddin and Upazila Nirbahi Officer Anwar-ul-Halim addressed the meeting as chief and special guests respectively with CAB local unit general secretary Golam Mostofa Mamun in the chair.

Upazila Chairman Begum Khairunnessa, Vice-chairman Ashraful Haque, District Livestock Officer Nizamuddin, Upazila Livestock Officer Ismail Haque and Youth Development Officer Sayed Ali Reza also spoke.

During his concept paper presentation, Agriculturist Mohidul Hassan, Field Officer of the project, 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.

Md Shalauddin said poultry industry has the potential to help Bangladesh achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of eliminating malnutrition and ensuring better health for the countrymen.