Dairy sector contributes improving livelihoods, nutrition: Experts

RANGPUR, Experts at a postrally discussion today

said that country's dairy sector is effectively contributing to economic

development and improving livelihoods and nutrition of common people.

They viewed this at the event arranged by divisional office of the

Department of Livestock Services (DLS) at conference room of its district

office to celebrate the World Milk Day2019.

Earlier, a colourful rally with participation of divisional and district

level officials of DLS, health administration and other government

departments, dairy farm owners, farmers and civil society members was brought

out on the city streets.

Additional Divisional Commissioner (General) Md. Zakir Hossain attended

the discussion as the chief guest with Divisional Director of the DLS

Agriculturist Md. Habibur Rahman in the chair.

Commanding Officer of RAB13 Md. Mozammel Haque, Civil Surgeon Dr Abu

Md. Zakirul Islam and dairy farmowner Mohammad Shahin addressed as special

guests.

District Livestock Officer Agriculturist Dr Md. Shah Jalal Khondker

delivered welcome speech narrating the present situation of milk production

at the national level and Rangpur district.

He said farmers currently produce 2.98lakh tonnes of milk annually

against demand of 2.67lakh tonnes with about 31,000 tonnes of surplus milk

in Rangpur district.

A silent revolution has taken place in milk production in Rangpur

district in last ten years as the total milk production stood at only 78,000

tonnes against demand of 2.12lakh tonnes during the 20072008 fiscal, he

said.

However, the country produces 94lakh tonnes of milk annually against

national demand of 150lakh tonnes as hectic government efforts are on to

attain autarky in milk production for meeting nutrition of the population,

Dr. Jalal added.

The Civil Surgeon lauded the success achieved in milk production in

Rangpur district to meet nutritional demand of local population as the

livestock sector marked huge boost in past ten years also changing rural

economy.

The chief guest stressed on boosting milk output to attain selfreliance

at national level and raising awareness about consumption of milk and

benefits of its nutrition to achieve the sustainable development goals for

building a healthier nation.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)