Friday, 9 June, 2023

Call for promoting veterinary sector

Call for promoting veterinary sector

RAJSHAHI: Integrated efforts of all the government and private organisations concerned can be the best way of promoting the veterinary and livestock sector to meet the gradually mounting demands of protein, reports BSS.

Livestock sector is also a vital source of earning foreign remittance through exporting leather and bone products besides removing the crises of meat and proteins.

Contribution of the sector is immense in terms of employment generation side by side with socio-economic development of the region. So, there is no way but substantial and sustainable promotion of the sector.

Veterinary and animal husbandry specialists came up with the observation while addressing a daylong free vaccination and medical camp to mark the celebration of World Veterinary Day-2023 at Kaligram village under Manda Upazila of Naogaon district on Saturday.

Bangladesh Livestock Society (BLS) organised the camp supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology.

The theme for World Veterinary Day 2023 is “Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness in the Veterinary Profession.” The Day is observed to honour the efforts of veterinary professionals worldwide in promoting animal health and welfare.

BLS Vice-president Dr Abdul Mannan, General Secretary Dr Hemayetul Islam, Organizing Secretary Selina Begum, Treasurer Enamul Haque, founder of Shah Agriculture Information Library Jahangir Alam and Chairman of Save the Life and Nature Mijanur Rahman addressed the meeting as resource persons disseminating their expertise on the issue.

Dr Hemayetul Islam said the livestock sector could be developed through the best uses of existing natural resources.

He stressed the need for uplifting the sector for food security, self-employment and poverty reduction. Due importance should be given on adopting modern technology, promotion of high yielding varieties and farmers training to overcome the crisis.

Large-scale farming of fodder could further develop the livestock sector to contribute immensely to fulfilling the protein deficiency in the country, he added.

Dr Abdul Mannan said collaborative efforts of all the government and non-government organisations concerned has become an urgent need for protecting public health through ensuring quality of animal source foods.

Adulterated and unhygienic animal source foods always push public health towards endangered conditions. So, forging social resistance against any ill-motive of making the foods unhygienic has become crucial.

He said the number of patients suffering from various contagious and non-contagious diseases has increased to a great extent due to the rise of contaminated foods.

This is the high time to contain the problem collectively, he added.