Experts hope Bangladesh to be selfreliant in milk production

RAJSHAHI, Livestock experts at a postrally discussion

here today expressed their hopefulness that Bangladesh is going to achieve

selfreliance in milk production in near future. They told the meeting that

the county produces 94 lakh metric tonnes of milk against the demand of 140

lakh tonnes annually at present.

Rajshahi district produces four lakh metric tonnes of milk against the

demand of 5 lakh tonnes, they said.

Divisional and district offices of Department of Livestock Services (DLS)

jointly organized the discussion at the city bhaban conference hall of

Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) to mark the 'World Milk Day2019'.

The theme of World Milk Day 2019 is Drink Milk: Today and Everyday.

Chaired by divisional deputy director of DLS Dr Kolyan Kumar Fouzder, the

meeting was addressed, among others, by RCC Panel Mayor Rajab Ali, Additional

District Magistrate Nazrul Islam and District Livestock Officer Dr Humayun

Kabir.

Dr Jalal Uddin Sarder from Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences at

Rajshahi University, Poultry Genesist Zulfiker Muhammad Akhter Hossain and

Assistant Director of Animal Production Dr Ismail Haque also disseminated

their expertise on the issue.

The discussants unequivocally called for boosting consumption of milk to

eliminate the malnutrition problems particularly among the poor and

distressed children.

They said milk consumption is very important for both physical and mental

development of the children. So, utmost emphasis should be given to ensure

fair price of milk and its safe supply.

During his keynote presentation, Dr Ruhul Amin Al Faruque, divisional

assistant director of DLS, highlighted the importance and significance of the

day besides giving an overview of milk production in the division.

Quoting a new study done by the International Food Policy Research

Institute the keynote presenter told the meeting that milk consumption has a

large impact on linear growth in the crucial first 1,000 days of an infant's

life.

Before the meeting, the DLS officials and employees accompanied by large

number of dairy and poultry farmers and volunteers also brought out a rally

from the city bhaban premises to mark the day.

On the occasion, the DLS officials fed milk to 150 babies and children in

two orphanages in the city.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)