Bangladesh to be self

Poultry Desk, State Minister for Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock Md. Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru, MP has said that Bangladesh is going to achieve self-sufficiency in eggs production this year. Bangladesh to be self reliant this year in egg production.

He said this while attending a Roundtable Discussion organized at CIRDAP auditorium on the observance of the World Egg Day-2019.

The state minister said, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) – to stay healthy, minimum requirement of egg is 104 annually. According to the Department of Livestock, the country was very close to that target last year.

The per capita egg consumption was 103. This year, it will obviously cross the target and by the end of this fiscal year per capita egg consumption will be around 105.

Expressing satisfaction state minister said, “It would be a great achievement of the ministry of livestock ! Bangladesh will be well ahead to India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan and many other countries”.

The egg farmers are the key players of this success, said Khasru. He also said that the poultry farmers are suffering from instable market price. To help them govt. will soon introduce Poultry Insurance. Govt. is also very positive to provide boiled eggs in school Tiffin.

Fazle Rahim Khan Shahriar, president, World’s Poultry Science Association-Bangladesh Branch, quoting  the Department of Livestock Services (DLS) said, the egg production in the country was 1099.52 crore in 2014-15 fiscal year, it was 1191.24 crore in 2015-16, 1493.16 crore in 2016-17, 1551.66 crore in 2017-18, and 1710.97 crore in 2018-19.

It is expected to reach at 1781 crore in the current fiscal year 2019-20. Mr Shahriar also said that the egg-centric trade was around 8338.68 crore in 2015-16 fiscal year, 10452 crore in 2016-17. 10861 crore in 2017-18 and 11976 crore in 2018-19. It is expected that by the end of 2019-20 the amount will be more than 12467 crore.

BPICC President Moshiur Rahman proposed to include egg as a topic in the primary school curriculum to help the students know more about egg nutrition.

He said that if we can ensure two eggs a week for working people including the garment workers it will be a great help for egg industry. It will also help to increase their productivity and live a long life.

Livestock Secretary Md. Raisul Alam Mondal said that more educated youths should come to poultry profession. He said, we have to use latest technology, improve farm management & biosecurity, train marginal farmers if we want to move ahead.

He said that from US president to everyone consume poultry eggs but in our country many people hesitate to consume poultry egg. He also said that the govt. is ready to give policy support for poultry export but we need compliant farms for that. He also informed that the govt. has approved a livestock development project of Tk.350 crore recently.

Additional Secretary Kazi Wasi Uddin said, to achieve the target of 2024 and 2030, we need healthy & intelligent citizens, so we have to consume more eggs.

Director General of the Department of Livestock Services (DLS) Dr. Hiresh Ranjan Bhowmik said that if propagandas against eggs can be removed, percentage of egg intake will go up.

He hoped that the egg production will increase and the rate of malnutrition will come down.

While presenting a keynote paper, Dr. Khaleda Islam, Professor, Institute of Food and Nutrition Science, DU, and Dr. Elias Hossain, Professor & Chairman of the Department of Poultry Science at the Bangladesh Agricultural University said, egg is a Complete Food. It is a natural diet rich in vitamins and minerals.

Egg is also good for heart. According to a recent study conducted by USDA the present-day farmed egg contains 14% less cholesterol and 34% added vitamins compared to that of 10 years back. By eating four egg a week, the risk of type-2 diabetes is reduced by 37 percent. The possibility of breast cancer is reduced by 40% by eating 6 eggs a week.

Avoiding carbohydrate if anyone eats one egg daily, the body weigh can be dropped up to 3 pounds a month. Only 2 eggs can meet about 1/4 of a woman’s daily protein needs.

Bangladesh to be self reliant this year in egg production its really good news.

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