Staff Reporter, Speakers at a seminar on Tuesday said Bangladesh’s poultry industry has the ability to improve both the demand and supply sides of quality nutrition in order to make a healthy nation.

Since the economy is growing at higher pace over the last one decade, they also suggested to go for accelerating research, and high quality production with proper bio-security measures. The speakers have also seen some challenges here including the innovation, international business model and cost of productions.

Hundreds of poultry industrialists, scientists, researchers, and nutritionists  from home and abroad were speaking at the two-day 11th International Poultry Seminar, begun in Dhaka on Tuesday.

The World’s Poultry Science Association-Bangladesh Branch (WPSA-BB) organized the international seminar at the Le Meridien Hotel in Dhaka. Local and international experts presented papers on different issues on poultry science and industry at the seminar.

Total 99 scientific papers to be presented in the two-day seminar. Poultry scientists and experts from 15 countries are participating in the International seminar.

At the inaugural session, WPSA-BB President Shamsul Arefin Khaled said the nutritious food is the most important factor for physical and mental growth. Since Bangladesh is heading towards a developing nation by 2024, it needs to ensure sustainable and equitable food security for a healthy and equitable nation.

“Bangladesh needs a socio-economic model of healthy living,” Mr Khaled added. He believed that the country’s poultry industry has the unique ability to improve both the demand and supply sides of quality nutrition. Mr. Khaled said that improvement of rural economy is vital for improving the national economy. “If we want a vibrant rural economy we must concentrate on the progress of poultry industry”.

Prof. Dr. Ning Yang, President of WPSA global chapter said Bangladesh has a remarkable progress in poultry industrial production. It has the capacity to supply quality protein.

General Secretary of the WPSA-BB Md. Mahabub Hassan welcomed the national and international guests for participating at the international seminar.

At the plenary session-I,   General Secretary, WPSA, Mr. Roel Mulder presented the paper on “World’s Poultry Science Association: today and tomorrow” and Mr. G.L. Jain of the Venkatesshwara Research and Breeding Farms PVT. LTD, India, presented another paper on “Breeding strategies for broilers and layers under shifting paradigms”.

Prof. Dr. Ning Yang, President, WPSA and Prof. Dr. Sukumar Saha, Department of Microbiology & Hygiene, Bangladesh Agriculture University (BAU) were in the chair and co-chair respectively.

At the plenary session-II, Mr Frank Siewerdt, of the Cobb-Vantress, Inc., USA presented a paper on “Genetic improvement of broiler chickens: a success story of efficiency and sustainability.”

Besides, Milind Limaye of the CevaPolchem Private Ltd., India, presented paper on” Water quality management: mitigate the risk!”, Mr. O.P. Singh of the Huvepharma SEA (Pune) Pvt. Ltd., India, presented paper on “Emergence of Asian food basket – opportunities & challenges” and both Mr Shariful Islam and Mr Saiful Islam of the Bangladesh Brand Forum and Bangladesh Poultry Industries Central Council respectively presented paper on “Poultry Sector Branding Strategy and Road Map 2024” at the seminar.

Mr. Shamsul Arefin Khaled, President, WPSA-BB and Prof. Dr. Shubash Chandra Das, Department of Poultry Science, BAU were present as the chair and co-chair at the session.

At the plenary session-III, M.Giasuddin  presented paper on “Avian influenza: a  prevalence and control strategies in Bangladesh”, M. Nooruzzaman on “Emergence of a novel genotype of clade highly pathogenic avian influenza in domestic poultry in Bangladesh”, J.A. Begum on “Segment reassortment events between highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 and the recent H9N2 avian influenza viruses from Bangladesh”, and  M.M. Rahman on “Clinical features and economic impacts of H9N2 low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) in commercial layer chickens in Bangladesh.”

Prof. Dr. Md. Rafiqul Islam, Department of Pathology, of BAU was in the chair and Pro. Dr. Md. Jalal Uddin Sarder,  Department of Veterinary & Animal Science, Rajshahi University was present as the co-chair.

E.P. Calvo presented a paper on “Effect of dietary supplementation with a novel microbial muramidase on growth performance of broiler chickens: a meta-analysis”,  Mr A. Junsey on “Effect of sodium butyrate protected with sodium salt of coconut fatty acids distillates on growth performance of broilers”, A.C. Mazumder on “Effect of exogenous multi-protease on performance of commercial broilers”, and  M.T. Islam on “Supplementation of diet with microbial and thermo-stable 6-phytase with recommended and deficient Ca and P level on broiler performance”.

Md. Rafiqul Haque, Poultry Consultant and Development  Services and Prof. Dr. Tahera Yeasmin of the Department of Dairy & Poultry Science, HSTU, were present as the chair and co-chair at the session.

At the plenary session-IV, Mr. D. Sapcota presented a paper on “Effect of feeding Lactobacillus reuteri PIA16 isolated from the gastrointestinal tract of indigenous chicken of Assam, India on the productive performance of broiler chickens”, P. Krishnan on “Bacillus subtilis DSM 32315 supports the intestinal integrity of broiler chickens under necrotic enteritis challenge”, K. Palaniyandi on “Effect of in ovo injection of Lactobacillus acidophilus on the production and health performance of commercial broilers”, and  V.M. Shelke on “Comparative study of commercially available single and multi-strain probiotics in broiler performance.”

Dr. Roel Mulder, General Secretary, WPSA and Prof. Dr. Khan Saiful Islam, Department of Animal Nutrition, BAU were present as the chair and co-chair at the session.

At the plenary session-V,  M.A. Samad  presented paper on “Advent of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N6 virus in Bangladesh”, J. Alam on “Myxovirus resistance gene (Mx) diversity in chicken and exposure analysis to avian influenza virus”,  T. Luupanyalerd on “Comparative Correlation between Bursa Bodyweight Index with different types of live infectious Bursal Disease Vaccines for Commercial Broilers in Thailand” and  Marzia Rahman on “Molecular characterization of multidrug resistant Salmonella   spp. and detection of multidrug resistance gene cassette class one Integron int1.”

Dr. Hiresh Ranjan Bhowmik, Director General, of Department of Livestock Services (DLS) and Prof. Dr. M. Rashed Hasnath, Department of Dairy & Poultry Science, Sher-e-Bangla Agriculture University (SAU) were present as the chair and the co-chair at the session.

In the second day on March 6, the international poultry seminar 2019 will be presented four papers by national and international poultry  experts and scientists.

After completing the 2-day Seminar, a three-day International Poultry Show at the Bashundhara International Convention Centre (BICC) in Dhaka from March 7-9.