State Minister for Fisheries and Livestock Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru on Saturday said there is no substitute of animal protein intake to develop an intelligent nation. Without being a pioneer in good health and talent, development of the country is impossible. Development is a continuous process and to maintain this continuity, advanced education and research are needed.
A major portion of animal protein comes from the poultry sector. But, another main protein source, milk production is relatively lower than the demand. Bangladesh government has already taken a Tk 500 crore project for the development of the dairy sector. If the project is implemented, it will be possible to mitigate the shortage of milk in the country, he said. ’The state minister made the statement as the chief guest at the 10th biennial conference of Bangladesh Animal Husbandry Association (BAHA) held at Shilpacharya Zailnul Abedin Auditorium of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU).
Acting Vice-Chancellor of BAU Prof Dr Md Jasimuddin Khan was the chief patron of the conference while Member of Panning Commission Md Zakir Hossain Akanda, Animal Husbandry faculty dean and convener of BAU dean council Prof Dr Md Nurul Islam, Director General (DG) of Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute (BLRI) Dr Nathu Ram Sarker and Director General (DG) of Department of Livestock Service (DLS) Dr Abdul Jabbar Shikder addressed the programme as special guests.
BAHA president and former Vice-chancellor of Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU) Prof Dr Syed Sakhawat Hussain presided over the conference.
Professor Dr Khan Md Shaiful Islam presented the keynote paper titled Safety Aspects of Animal Protein Production. On his keynote speech he said Safe food plays an important role, whether domestically produced and consumed, imported of exported. Ensuring safe food is parameter of human health and for enhancement of the quality of life. So, it’s a question about the safety aspects of food from animal origin in Bangladesh from existing production system from farm to fork. Animal Husbandry graduates are playing a vital role to produce safe animal protein.’
A total of 50 scientific research papers were presented at the conference.