Turkey farming gains popularity in Rajshahi

15 January, 2019 12:00 AM printer

RAJSHAHI: Rearing of Turkey birds is gaining popularity in the region as the poultry bird farming is more profitable than other poultry farms with low farming costs and taking less space for rearing the birds and less risk of diseases, reports BSS.

According to the sources, farming of the non-conventional bird has started creating competition among poultry bird sellers in both retail and wholesale markers.

Azizul Alam Bentu, a turkey bird farmer in Haragram area of Rajshahi city, said farming of the bird is suitable for small and marginal farmers as it can be easily grown in an open space or under semi-intensive system.

He said, “I started my farm with 43 turkey chicks a year ago. In nine months, I started selling chicks and eggs.” He also said that currently there are 365 big turkey birds, 250 chicks in his farm. He gets 75 to 80 eggs per day.

Bentu said that many people, specially youths and housewives are building farms taking eggs and chicks from him. Every day, people come from neighboring areas to take eggs, chicks and advice about turkey farming.

He said one pair chick aged one month can be sold at Tk 2,000, and for two months, it can be sold at Tk 3,000.

Ashraful Islam of Dargapara area under Bagmara Upazila has been operating a turkey bird farm successfully. After starting the business with 45 birds, he’s now the owner of 120 birds worth around Taka 3.5 lakh with gap of only three to four months.

“With my curiosity, I had bought turkey chicks from Joypurhat and they started laying eggs at the age of three months,” Islam said, adding that the eggs are being hatched in incubator machine.