Friday, 29 September, 2023

Rajshahi people benefit from cow fattening

RAJSHAHI: Cow fattening activities have become vibrant everywhere in Rajshahi area as the villagers look for lucrative profits ahead of the upcoming Eid-Ul-Azha, reports BSS.

This type of beef fattening everywhere in the region has been contributing a lot towards improving living and livelihood conditions of the grassroots population through enriching animal resources for the last couple of decades.

The business has brightened the prospects of exporting beef to different areas within the country after meeting the local demands.

Moreover, the boosted native cattle production has significantly lessened the dependence on cattle imported from the neighboring country.

For the last couple of years, the buyers were seen opting to purchase native animals in most of the cattle markets.

District Livestock Officer Dr Zulfikar Muhammad Akhter Hossain said that the local animal husbandry sector has marked a revolutionary boost in recent years bringing fortune to hundreds of people in the region.

He said many of the rural families have been rearing and fattening bulls commercially and earning huge profits every year.

Some of the poor and marginalized people including women have achieved tremendous successes in the sector.

Meanwhile, for the last couple of years, many villagers have been seen fattening their bulls using natural methods.

They use only straw, molasses, oilcake, gram, black-gram, green grass and wheat bran as feed instead of any steroid tablet or injection.

They are also availing loans from different public and private commercial banks for purchasing bulls, and are repaying within due time.

A group of local farmers formed Medium and Small Enterprises (MSEs) in Premtaly village under Godagari Upazila in order to make their bull fattening business profitable, and sustainable.

The initiative was taken to disseminate the best learning and practices to others, so as to elevate their socio-economic condition, and promote women empowerment through boosting the sector that can meet the country's protein deficiency.