Category Archives: Dairy, Meat, Cattle, Fish and Poultry Industry

New hilsa sanctuary in Padma

New hilsa sanctuary in Padma
Staff Correspondent

The government is soon going to declare a 20-kilometre stretch of the Padma in Shariatpur a new sanctuary for hilsa to increase the production of the kingly fish, said Fisheries and Livestock Minister Abdul Latif Biswas yesterday.

This will be the fifth hilsa sanctuary to be made at the lower basin of Padma river, he said while speaking at a press briefing organised by the ministry at the Department of Fisheries in the city on the eve of Jatka Preservation Week 2011.

The government has taken initiative to make the existing law relating to the ban on catching hilsa during the breeding season more time-befitting, the minister said.

The Jatka Preservation Week will be observed from April 4 to April 10.

The minister would formally inaugurate the week through a rally at Kalapara in Patuakhali tomorrow.

The four other hilsa sanctuaries are a 100km long stretch from Shatnol of Chandpur to Char Alexander of Laxmipur in the Meghna River; a 90km long Shahbajpur channel of Meghna confluence including Madanpur of Manpura, Char Ilisha, Char Pial of Bhola district; a 100km long Tentulia river from Bheduria of Bhola to Char Rustom of Patuakhali; and a 40km long Andharmanik river route under Kalapara upazila in Patuakhali.

Latif Biswas said a total of 330km area in 21 upazilas under four districts has been declared sanctuary for hilsa.

Fishing in the sanctuaries in Chandpur, Laxmipur and Bhola is prohibited from March to April while the ban comes into effect from November to January in Patuakhali, he said.

The minister said around 2.85 lakh tonnes of hilsa fish have been netted in the first seven months of this fiscal year and the production may reach 3 lakh tonnes at the end of the year.

The export earning has been doubled in the first seven months of the current fiscal year compared to last year, and the government earned Tk 280 crore exporting 6,898 tonnes of hilsa till February this fiscal year, he said.

The government will have to spend around Tk 5.17 crore for alternative employment of the fishermen in these districts, he added.

Fisheries and Livestock Secretary Uzzal Bikash Dutta, among others, was present at the briefing.


Nitol-Niloy to set up joint venture poultry complex

Nitol-Niloy to set up joint venture poultry complex

Abdul Musabbir Ahmed, managing director of Nitol-Niloy, and Harish Bagla, managing director of India’s Amrit Group of Companies, exchanging documents after signing an agreement at a city hotel yesterday. Chairman of Nitol-Niloy Group Abdul Matlub Ahmad (left-front), and vice chairman Selima Matlub Ahmad are also seen.

Staff Correspondent

Nitol-Niloy Group will set up a poultry industry complex in the country, jointly with India’s Amrit Group of Companies, in a major move to meet the increasing demand for poultry and hatcheries.

The joint venture deal for investing around US$ 10 million was signed between the two companies at a local hotel yesterday.

Managing directors of the both sides—Abdul Musabbir Ahmed of Nitol-Niloy, and his Indian counterpart Harish Bagla inked the agreement.

Chairman of Nitol-Niloy Group Abdul Matlub Ahmad, and vice chairman Selima Matlub Ahmad were also present at the signing ceremony.

The investment plan includes feed manufacturing, breeding farm, hatchery, commercial farming and chicken processing, though it is being started with the installation of a modern feed plant in the northern part of the country. The full investment plan is likely to take two to three years.

The high-ups of the two companies said the investment will generate good nutrition at an affordable price to the common people in a hygienic way. It would also give a breakthrough to the local poultry industry, they hoped.

Amrit Group, one of the largest players in the animal feed industry, annually produces 7,00,000 tonnes of poultry, cattle and fish feed.

It will be a new move for Nitol-Niloy as they are already engaged in automobile, cement, paper, insurance and finance sectors.

Japan to support rural fishery

Japan to support rural fishery

DHAKA, March 21 (BSS)- A Japanese organization has set up a training center at Savar in Dhaka to impart training to rural farmers to promote agriculture, fishery, forestry and industrial development, especially in rural areas.

The Embassy of Japan and OISCA-IDB, the Japanese organization, today signed a contract for this development project for rural fishery in Bangladesh through Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGHSP) at the embassy here.

Ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh Tamotsu Shinotsuka and a representative of OISCA-IDB signed the contract, said a press release of the Embassy of Japan.

With a grant of US$ 97,122, the organization will excavate ponds and construct fish hatchery.

A total of 200 rural fishermen will be able to receive training in fishery and more than 500 fisheries will be expected to purchase fry of good quality every year through the project.

The government of Japan hopes that the assistance will help to improve the situation in the rural area in Bangladesh, the release said.

Milk Vita to set up dairy industry at West Patiya

Milk Vita to set up dairy industry at West Patiya
Our Correspondent

CHITTAGONG, March 19: State owned Milk Vita is likely to set up a full fledged milk processing industry in Chittagong. Milk Vita officials visited the major dairy farms and milk producing areas on the south bank of the Karnafuli river yesterday.

The Milk Vita team comprising general manager Nasim Ahmed and manager (planning and development) Mustafizur Rahman visited a number of dairy farms and talked to the farm owners at West Patiya and Karnafuli area on Thursday.

They said the locality is currently producing 35,000 litres of milk a day. The quantity is sufficient to feed the industry for pasteurization of milk.

Milk Vita GM Nasim Ahmed said the dairy farmers of the locality recently met with the LGRD and Cooperatives state minister Jahangir Kabir Nanak and demanded setting up of a milk processing industry.

The farmers said that related expenditures including cow-feed and cow nursing have increased while their breeding capacity is reducing due to lack of adequate food.

During the meeting with the state minister on March 2 last the West Patiya Dairy Farm Owners Association leader Nazim Uddin Haider demanded government patronization to the dairy farm industry through providing subsidy on the cow-feed, Milk Vita GM said.

Following the meeting the state minister instructed concerned officials to make a field survey on the feasibility and primary site selection for the proposed industry.

Dairy farmers said there are some 550 dairy farms with more than 9000 cows in 10 unions of West Patiya and Karnafuli, which are supplying 35,000 litres of milk every day. Several hundred rural youths are employed in the farms, they said.

Milk Vita manager Mustafizur Rahman said another high level team of officials will be visiting the area very shortly which will make the final selection of industry site and report to the concerned authority. It will be established at the Milk Vita’s own funding, he added.

Milk Vita GM Nasim Ahmed said machineries for the industry are likely to be imported from India instead of Canada or Denmark to ensure quick implementation of the project. “It will be a Baghabari-like industry of Milk Vita in Chittagong around which new farms will grow up in the area centering the industry.”

PM opens shrimp research centre at Bagerhat today

PM opens shrimp research centre at Bagerhat today

KHULNA: The newly-built Bagerhat Shrimp Research Centre will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today (Tuesday). — FE photo

Our Correspondent

KHULNA, Mar 14: The only shrimp research centre of the country at Bagerhat constructed at a cost of Tk 230 million is going to be inaugurated by the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today (Tuesday) noon, official sources said.

The Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of Bagerhat Bar Council building. She will also attend a special Munajat at Bagerhat Khanjahan Ali (Rm.) Major and later at 3 pm she will deliver address a public meeting as chief guest at Khanjahan Ali collage maiden, arranged by Bagerhat district Awami League and its front organisations.

All arrangements have been completed by the district and police administration to hold the programme successfully. Source said that after inauguration of the said research centre the shrimp cultivators of south western region will be highly benefited in this sector. The shrimp farmers expressed satisfaction over the inauguration of this researches centre.

Country’s second highest foreign currency earniner, a total of 80-90 per cent

frozen foods and fisheries are produced in Khulna, Bagerhat, Satkhira and Jessore districts.

In 2005 the then Prime Minister has taken an initiative to remove the problems of the shrimp sector from this area. For this 8 acres of land at a cost of Tk 2.9 million near Daratana bridge of Bhairab river of Bagerhat and a project was undertaken to set up a shrimp research centre at a cost of Tk 226.8 million in 2005-2006 financial year.

Under this project an office building, an auditorium, seminar room, a training centre with one hundred seats, 4 laboratories, 9 research ponds, one hatchery and a staff dormitory and a manpower of 28 are functioning in the project initially. Meanwhile, about 4500 shrimp farmers have been provided training through this project.

Rangpur Dairy proving a resounding success

Rangpur Dairy proving a resounding success

Fresh Milk from RD Milk. Source:

Our Correspondent

RANGPUR, Jan 10: The Rangpur Dairy (RD) Milk processing factory at Boldipukur in Mithapukur Upazila of the district has provided solvency to hundreds of monga-hit poor people in Rangpur.

These poor people are now rearing cows at home and selling milk to factory, first ever small private industry set up in the district after the commissioning of Jamuna Bridge.

Rangpur Dairy Milk undertook a laudable step earlier, to support the poor providing cows on easy terms to produce milk at home so that they might be benefited financially.

RD Milk Manager Ashraful Alam said, “We provided 425 cows among 375 families of Salaipur and Muradpur under Mithapukur Upazila.

He said, “The Company not only aims to do business but also wants to create a financially sound community in the process.”

He said, “RD Milk has not donated the cows to the beneficiaries free of cost. They have to pay the purchase rate of the cows in exchange of supplying milk to the factory for a certain period. When the prices of the cows are completely realised, the authority would transfer ownership of the animals to them.” he said.

Motin Miah at Muradpur in Mithapukur Upazila who received two cows from RD Milk said that he paid the price of the cow to the company. He is now milking 30 litres out of which earning Tk 750 a day.

RD Milk Managing Director Foqruzzaman said, the poor people of Rangpur as well as dairy farmers in the district are getting benefit from RD. He said the dairy farmers in Rangpur who were in utter frustration and were about to close their farms due to frequent losses even two years back are now getting profit by selling milk to RD Milk.

RD Milk has now been producing full cream milk through Ultra High Temperature (UHT) method. Only three companies in the country were producing full cream milk through UHT method. The companies include Pran, Akiz and RD milk.

“We are now supplying the milk products to Dhaka and other parts of the country including the northern districts. At present, about 15000 litres of milk are being processed a day in the industry”.

Foqruzzaman told The Financial Express, “We have a plan to turn RD Milk as one of the biggest milk processing industry of the country so that about 30,000 dairy farmers of Rangpur and its adjoining districts may get benefit.”

He said the authority has completed preparation to produce RD Butter, RD Tea, and RD Sweets. He however expressed his dissatisfaction at the absence of gas supply through pipeline and adequate electricity in Rangpur.

The production cost will be reduced at least 50 percent if there is uninterrupted gas supply. Power shortage also often hampers production resulting in loss to the company, he added.

Regarding prospect of RD Milk, FBCCI Vice-president and former President of Rangpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mostafa Azad Choudhury said it is the first ever industry of its kind set up in Rangpur with the Equity Entrepreneur Fund (EEF) of Bangladesh Bank. He expressed optimism that RD Milk might help a lot in bringing socio-economic change in Rangpur.

RDRS to produce 700 tonnes of additional fish worth Tk. 12 crore in the paddy fields

RDRS to produce 700 tonnes of additional fish worth Tk. 12 crore in the paddy fields

RANGPUR, Dec 5 (BSS) – Rangpur-Dinajpur Rural Service (RDRS) is expected to produce 700 tonnes of additional fish in the paddy fields worth Taka 12 crore involving the marginal farmers of the northern region this season.

Harvesting of the fish cultivated under the DFID-funded ongoing 3-year project of ‘Enhancing Impacts of decentralized (fish) Seed Production (EIDSP)’ will be complete by this month, Project Manager Mokhlesur Rahman of EIDSP told BSS today.

The small and marginal farmers have cultivated 3.5 crore GIFT Tilapia fingerlings in the paddy fields to produce huge quantity of additional fish this season in the country’s 10 northern districts to improve their livelihoods.

Bumper fish harvest is now nearing completion which is expected bringing huge profits to the farmers of Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, Gaibandha, Dinajpur, Thakurgaon, Panchagarh, Rajshahi, Chapainawabganj and Naogaon districts.

RDRS with 11 partner organisations distributed broods to produce fingerlings in the paddy fields this year to help the poor earning profits, tackling poverty and meeting their nutrition demand by GIFT Tilapia farming and selling fingerlings.

The 3-year project is being implemented and will be complete by June 2011 in Bangladesh, India and Nepal, RDRS experts said.

On completion of the project, 21,000 targeted small and marginal farmers of these districts will produce six crore GIFT Tilapia fingerlings and 6,000 tonnes additional Tilapia fish worth Taka 75 crore annually, they said.

This season, 8,827 farmers were involved in successfully breeding Tilapia broods in their paddy fields in the last Boro season and the process will be complete with the end of T-Aman harvests by this.

More than 2.3 lakh GIFT Tilapia broods fish were reared in cages at the community levels and those were distributed to the enrolled farmers for breeding in 790 hectares of paddy fields.

The selected farmers dug small ditches in Boro fields and released the Tilapia broods from late March to mid-April, and breeding continued till April- May last when the farmers started selling their fingerlings.

The farmers became more interested in culturing fish and requested for more Tilapia broods this time, Head of Agriculture of RDRS Dr MG Neogi said.

The proven environment friendly technology for making available the quality fingerlings to the door step of the farmers has been helping them to alleviate poverty and getting nutrition by paddy field fish cultivation, he added