BOGURA: Hundreds of extreme poor farmers have become self-reliant rearing turkey birds in Bogura district from last few years.
According to district livestock office (DLO) source the farmers of the district have shown more interest to grow the hens as it’s farming have proved more lucrative than other animal and birds within very short time. They have provided all sort of necessary initiatives to make the live stock sectors as strong as prosperous, DLO added.The farm owners of the region are mostly depending on boiled potato due to high price of feed from the last three months. They took a short training session from animal and husbandry department and applied the method on the bird whenever the birds have been caught with different diseases.
Turkey farming has become a buzzword across the region due to its positive signs of profit, said upazila animal officers. From last year, turkey hen rearing has brought smile among marginal farmers, he added.
“I have started rearing birds investing Tk 6,000 on 12 hens last year and sold them after 97 days of its rearing with Tk 21,000,” said farmer Harun-or-Rashid under Nandigran upazila. “After selling them I purchase 20 chickens and reared them and sold them with Tk 40,000. I posses over 100 matured hens in my farms.” he again said.
The zero age chicken is being sold from Tk 300 to 350 while a matured hen is being sold from Tk 1200 to 1300 in the retail market. The farm owners are using Metronidazol medicine for dysentery and Paracitamol medicine for fever to the hens.
During a visit the correspondent found the farm owners are passing busy time to rear the hen enthusiasm as they are making a good profit spending trifling money. Some farmers have turned the poultry farm to turkey bird farm elsewhere the district this year.
District livestock officer Dr Mohammad Rafiqul Islam Talikder said we are arranging training session for the farmer betterment so that they could make a good profit within very short time. Besides, we encourage the farmers to rear the bird in their home based farms commercially, he added.