BRAHMANBARIA: Duck farming gets popularity due to easy supply of pesticide-free organic food and marketing of eggs on the bank of the Meghna River at Char Sonarampur in Ashuganj upazila of Brahmanbaria district.
According to district livestock office sources, there are 120 duck farms in the district. All of them have been set up by the local people near different water bodies, rivers and canals from where the ducks can take their foods.As poultry farming is considered as a lucrative business, duck farms have been started here for the last 5-6 years. At present there are 120-140 farms in the area.
The number of farms in those areas continues to increase in a very short period of time as there is more profit with less capital. The poultry and eggs are going to different places of the country including Dhaka, Chattogram, Sylhet, Habiganj to meet the demand of the local area.
Each farm has 4,000 to 5,000 ducks. On an average, a farm owner gets 4,000 to 4,500 eggs a day without costing enough. Having an egg means earning Tk. 10 so a farmer can easily earn Tk. 5,000 to 6,000 a day by selling eggs. The old ducks which are unable to lay eggs regularly are sold. An old duck is sold at Tk. 200 to 250. The farmers have no loss as they buy a duckling at Tk. 15 to 20. Generally, a duck starts laying egg at the age of five months.
One duck farmer Masum Mia and Siddik Bhuiyan Darikandi village under Nasirnagar upazila of the district said he has started rearing 4,00 ducks near Titas River. He counts a handsome profit daily. Mujibul Haque of the same village said ducks themselves can collect their food from open field and water bodies. Farmers do nothing but only protect them from diseases. There are several farms around the locality, he added.
One Linkon Mia of Char Chartala village under Ashuganj upazila of the district said they sometime feed the ducks with rice to getting egg. The owners informed that the labour cost for duck farming is very low. They can collect fishes from river and all other food stuff except rice from nature. He further said that they hardly go home as they are to remain busy with this job for the whole day.
The farmers rear their ducks at open field whole day long. At dawn they start grazing the ducks in the open field and water bodies and at dusk they chase the ducks to shelters—big thatched houses or corrugated tin sheds or a vast place fenced with bamboo and nets.Each farm containing 5,000 ducks needs only two workers who maintain the security of the farm and the ducks.
The district livestock officer said duck farmers are being trained up by agriculture offices at different phases with a view to making them skilled.
“I bring one-day-old duck chicks and rear them for four months till they start giving eggs,” he said.
“Saidur is an intelligent and hardworking duck farmer and we provide him with support like vaccines, advice etc. His effort has opened up a new horizon of rearing ducks in the area,” said Upazila Livestock Officer Dr ABM Saifuzzaman.