Tuesday, 28 September, 2021
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Safe poultry farming underscored

RAJSHAHI: Best poultry farming practice in addition to ensuring safe poultry and its production can be the vital means of making public health free from various diseases.

To this end, utmost emphasis should be given on adequate measures of bringing all the poultry farmers, traders, feed manufactures, sellers and others concerned under necessary training to enhance their level of awareness in this field.

Besides, all quarters like farmers, hatchery owners, poultry bird sellers, feed meal manufacturers and sellers and the field level officers and staff should work together to this end as there is no alternative to a substantial and sustainable promotion of good poultry practice, reports BSS.

The observations came at a sharing and learning workshop with multi-sectors for sustainable and replication of promoting knowledge for accountable systems food safety initiative beyond the project period.

Local unit of Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB) organised the workshop at BRAC Learning Centre on Wednesday in association with an issue based project titled “Food Safety Governance in Poultry Sector in Bangladesh” and UKaid and British Council.

District Livestock Officer Dr Julifiker Akter Hossain addressed the meeting as the chief guest with local unit CAB President Kazi Giash in the chair.

Assistant Director of the Department of National Consumers Rights Protection Hasan-Al Maruf, District Food Safety Officer Sumaiya Afrin Zinia, Upazila Livestock Officer Dr Khandakar Sagar Ahmed and Upazila Vice-chairman Wazed Ali Khan also spoke while CAB local unit General Secretary Golam Mostofa Mamun moderated the meeting.

They unequivocally called for promoting bio-safety measures in poultry farming for producing safe poultry meat, mentioning substantial and sustainable promotion of bio-safety measures can be the vital means of curtailing the dependence on antibiotics in the poultry sector.

CAB Project Coordinator Rejaul Karim gave an overview of the project along with its aims, objectives and implementation strategy during his keynote presentation.

He puts forward a set of recommendations on how to make the poultry sector safe and hygienic. Using overrated antibiotics in poultry feed is harmful for public health. So, time has come to look into the matter with utmost emphasis.

“We have to ensure safe poultry feed and good poultry farming management,” he added. Karim said consumer protection, in the broader sense, refers to the laws and regulations that ensure fair interaction between service providers and consumers.

The consumers’ rights in the developed nations focus on the right to information, choice, redress and representation but we are deprived of such privileges, he mentioned.

In his remarks, Dr Julifiker Hossain told the workshop that measures should be taken to bring all the poultry farmers, traders, feed manufactures, sellers and others concerned under necessary training to enhance their knowledge in this field.

All quarters like farmers, hatchery owners, poultry bird sellers, feed meal manufacturers and sellers and the field level officers and staff should come forward and work together to this end, he said.