The country’s production of livestock has surpluses the local demand and reached the level of export.
Fisheries and Livestock Minister S M Rezaul Karim made this comment whiel speaking as the chief guest at the closing and prize distribution ceremony of the Journalist Fellowship Program under Livestock and Dairy Development Project implemented by the Department of Livestock of the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock at CIRDAP Auditorium in the capital on Wednesday.
At this time, the minister also said that there has been a revolutionary change in the livestock sector of Bangladesh. At one time India-Myanmar had to be looked to for sacrifice. Now our livestock production has increased so much that we have reached the point of exporting abroad.
Those who are working with livestock are now identified as entrepreneurs and creating employment in this sector.
A major part of the demand for animal meat is met from milk, eggs and meat. It is supplied from the livestock sector. In addition, this sector is activating the rural economy. As the products produced from the livestock sector are playing a role in the development of the country, they are also playing a major role in the welfare of people, meeting the needs of food for physical needs and earning foreign exchange, said the minister.
The minister has also said, “Our first aim was to increase the production in the livestock sector. Now the aim is to increase quality and standard production. For the sustainable development of this sector, various research data are being worked on.”
He said, “The cooperation of the media is giving many opportunities in enriching the livestock sector. But sometimes vested interests are able to publish news with wrong information. This creates a negative perception of the national institution or those who do good work there, and people working in those institutions lose enthusiasm. We want to work together in an era of free flow of information. We want the continued support of the media for the development of the livestock sector.”
Department of Livestock Director General Dr. Md. Emdadul Haque Talukdar chaired the function and Poriprekkhit Executive Director Syed Borhan Kabir presided over the function.
It is to be noted that a total of 20 journalists of electronic, print and online media have been awarded fellowships under the Livestock and Dairy Development Project under implementation by the Livestock Directorate of the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock.
At the closing ceremony, the best 3 fellow journalists in electronic media, the best 3 fellows in online media and the best 5 fellow journalists in print media were awarded.