Bangladesh Dairy Farmers' Association (BDFA) on Sunday urged the government to control cattle feed price to save the dairy and meat producing sectors.
They also placed a 10-point demand to save the sector in a press conference at the National Press Club.Addressing the press conference general secretary of the association Shah Emran said since Covid-19 onslught in the country different types of cattle feed price increased by Tk 7-8 per Kg at retail level.
He said there are around 8 lakh cattle farms in the country where around 20 million people are work in this sector.
Local meat production is now surplus while milk production has increased three times. But meat and bulk field milk import has increased manifolds, he said.
Low quality milk and meat import from foreign country is not only affecting consumers, but also affecting local cattle sectors, said Imran.
They demanded that the government control cattle feed price with selling cattle feed through Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB), stop meat import, give tax waiver for 20 years.
Their demans also include bringing electricity bill and land tax under agrriculture sector, imposing 100 percent anti dumping duty on bulk field milk, increasing dry milk plant in the country, giving loan to agro sector without any collateral.BDFA president Imran Hossain, Vice President Ali Azam Rahman Shibli, among others, were present at the press conference.