NARSINGDI: Many ultra poor families living in different char villages under Narsingdi Sadar, Belabo and Raipura upazilas of the district have been able to change their destitution by rearing ducks.
Duck farming has diversified aspects of eradicating various social problems related to poverty, unemployment and malnutrition in particular. In many areas, the duck rearing has started contributing a lot towards mitigating the problems to some extent.The inhabitants of char villages are mostly poor as they are losing everything by river erosion. A couple of years ago, the char villagers started rearing ducks on a commercial basis with the determination to change their economic condition. On an average, there are more than 60 ducks in one family and they are earning Taka four to five thousand every month selling eggs and ducks.
Rahela Khatun, who suffered the curse of a long-period of jobless situation, is now enthusiastic about further expansion of her business in the days to come as her business is contributing a lot to the society in many ways.
“I bring one-day-old duck chicks and rear them for four months till they start giving eggs. Every day I have to spend around Tk 4,000 for their food, medicine and my employee’s salary. The upazila livestock office supplies vaccines,” she said.
She said ‘Now gets 1000 eggs daily on an average throughout the year and makes profit around Tk 1.25 lakh per month.
“Rahela is an intelligent and hardworking duck farmer and we provide her with support like vaccines, advice etc. Her effort has opened up a new horizon of rearing ducks in the area,” said Upazila Livestock Officer Habibur Rahman.
Morjina Begum, a housewife of char Alokbali village under Sadar upazila told that she gets on an average of 40 to 50 eggs every day from her pets and currently she is earning Taka over seven thousand and five hundred every month.“I’m happy now as I found the path of regular earning through duck farming successfully. My children are now going to school,” she said, adding that there are a number of poor families in different char areas of the district who make their living only rearing ducks.
District Livestock Officer Habibur Rahman said duck farming business has also become a stable employment source here. Many people including poor and marginal unemployed youths are now joining the business of rearing ducks alongside trading of the domestic birds and its eggs and have become economically solvent, he added.
Ducks need less expensive, simple and non-elaborate housing facilities resulting in very less cost for setting up commercial duck farming businesses. They are very hardy birds and they need less care or management.
They can adopt themselves with almost all types of environmental conditions. The ducks are mostly fed home-made feed in addition to what they are deriving from scavenging facilities.
Most of the farmers provided rice polish, boiled rice and broken rice as supplementary feed ingredients to ducks either singly or in combination.
High price and scarcity of feed during the dry season were the major constraints affecting duck production. Use of natural feed resources in an increasing manner may help overcoming the feed problem.
Regular vaccination and the use of cost-effective balanced diets can have a decisive effect on duck rearing. As a whole, there are great potentials for an improvement of native duck production in the region by means of nutritional and management engineering, Upazila Livestock Officer Habibur Rahman added.