Dhaka, Bangladesh
Seasonal cow fattening improves rural life at Sreepur

Seasonal cow fattening improves rural life at Sreepur

Our Correspondent GAZIPUR, July 19: The seasonal cow fattening centering Eid-ul-Azha has gained momentum in rural areas in Sreepur Upazila of the district in recent times. Upazila Livestock Officer Abdul Jalil said, "Following various attempts of the government, we have achieved self-sufficiency in livestock sector." Every year, a few thousand marginal farmers of the upazila engage themselves in this profitable business ahead of Eid. This year too, farmers expect to earn high amount of profit. According to Upazila Livestock office sources, a total of 2,573 marginal farmers of the upazila are brought under the cow-fattening scheme this year. Besides, several hundred small and middle class farm owners are involved in the business. The number of cows at those farms are more than 20,000, but the demand of cows in Sreepur is about 17,000. The farmers were given three-and six-month long trainings under the cow-fattening project. Besides, the government is also providing green grass free of cost to the concerned farmers for the first time. The main focus of the Upazila Livestock Office, was to keep adequate surveillance so that the cows were not fed harmful food products. A woman Rina Begum of Chauban Village, whose husband died seven years ago, said they had nothing except the household work and as such suffered much for meeting the cost of two children's education. Last year she bought a cow at Tk 17,500, and after rearing it for about five months, it was sold at Tk 35,000. This time Rina Begum bought two cows and hoped to earn profit more than Tk 30,000 by selling ahead of Eid. Owner of Bhai Bhai Farm at Mulaid MC Bazaar Abu Sayeed said, "I use to collect cows with weak health for about five to six months from different bazaars. Later, I started taking special care of the cows and hope to sell before Eid. I have made much profit in the process. Last year, he earned a profit about Tk 10 lakh. This year he took bank loan and fattening 70 cows and hope to earn profit of Tk 15 lakh after meeting all costs." Kafil Uddin of Bauni Village said, "Cow fattening is a seasonal business and also a source of extra income. I am fattening four cows this year and hope to make a pucca house from the sale proceeds. " Fazlul Haque of Nanaiya Village said, "I don't feed my cows any harmful objects. I feed local fodder and various vitamins following the advice of local livestock officer. I have been fattening cows for the last seven years. I have changed my lot through the business." Upazila Livestock Officer Abdul Jalil said, "Following various attempts of the government, we have achieved self-sufficiency in livestock sector. We encourage farmers to rear cows ahead of each Eid. We also monitor the fattening activities so that no farmers can feed their cows with harmful objects. This year about 20,000 cattle are being fattened, and the profit is expected to cross crore taka."

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