Call for milk consumption to prevent malnutrition

2 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

RAJSHAHI: Livestock experts at a discussion unequivocally called for boosting milk production and its consumption to eradicate the malnutrition problems that can stem Covid-19 spread.

Highlighting the enormous aspects of milk to the nation-building process, they mentioned that milk consumption is very important for both physical and mental development of the children. So, utmost emphasis should be given on ensuring fair price of milk and its safe supply, reports BSS.

Protein is the vital nutrition for normal growth and development of the brain and other essential nutrients of the human body while livestock is the pivotal source of nutrition.

District Administration and the Department of Livestock Services (DLS), Rajshahi jointly organised the discussion at the conference hall of Deputy Commissioner (DC) to mark the ‘World Milk Day- 2021’ on Tuesday with the theme “Sustainability in the dairy sector with messages around the environment, nutrition and socio-economics.”

DC Abdul Jalil and Additional Superintendent of Police Ifte Khayer Alam addressed the meeting as the chief and special guests respectively with District Livestock Officer Dr Ismail Haque in the chair.

During his keynote presentation, District Livestock Training Officer Ismail Haque highlighted the importance and significance of the day besides giving an overview of milk production in Rajshahi division.

He mentioned that large-scale promotion of the livestock sector is very important to remove the existing protein deficiency alongside ensuring food security.

Besides meeting up the nutritional deficit especially meat and milk, the livestock sector has a laudable contribution to enrich the soil nutrient which is being declined gradually due to indiscriminate use of chemical fertilisers and harmful pesticides.

Haque said most of the people suffer from malnutrition, especially lack of animal protein like milk, meat and egg.

He revealed that production of huge amounts of meat through the indigenous beef-cattle improvement would supply low cost meat for people and it will ultimately protect them from malnutrition.