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Infinite potentials of dairy industry in Bhola

Sabbir Alam Babu, Bhola

The immense potential of the dairy industry is gradually increasing in Bhola. In the financial year 2008-09, the daily milk production was 36,600 metric tons. Now it is 1 lakh 40 thousand 6 metric tons.

The dairy industry is expanding day by day in Bhola, which is famous for its raw buffalo milk. Milk production in the district is more than the demand. Prices are also available. Economic prosperity is returning to the families involved in this sector.

The people concerned think that this industry will be more sustainable in Bhola if necessary steps can be taken. World Dairy Day has been observed since 2001 at the initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to raise awareness in the dairy sector. The theme of this year’s Dairy Day is ‘Sustainable Dairy Industry in Nutrition-Environment and Economic Development’.

On the occasion of the day, Bhola Department of Livestock has organized drawing, composition and quiz competitions, free milking of students, procession and discussion meeting. Milk is a recognized nutritious food around the world. Milk contains calcium, which is essential for bone and tooth formation. There is meat, which provides energy to the body.

In addition, milk contains potassium, phosphorus, vitamin D, vitamin B12, vitamin A, zinc and various other nutrients. Nutritionists recommend drinking milk to boost immunity. Indrajith Mandal Kumar, deputy director of the Bhola Livestock Office, said that according to the World Health Organization, people need to drink an average of 250 ml of milk per day. This amount of milk per person is not being produced in the country.

At present in Bangladesh this target has been set at 160 ml. The Department of Livestock has been targeted to produce this amount of milk. The target for milk production and production is gradually increasing in the country. By 2030, Bangladesh will be able to produce milk according to the amount of the World Health Organization. Bhola is quite advanced in milk production. Indrajith Mandal said that at present the milk production in Bhola has increased by about 14,000 metric tons per day more than the national target.

The population of Bhola is 20 lakh 99 thousand. According to the national target, 160 ml of milk per person per day is required for 1 lakh 26 thousand 350 metric tons. 1 lakh 40 thousand 6 metric tons is being produced every day. Of this, 16 thousand metric tons of buffalo. The rest is cattle. There is a surplus of 14 thousand 528 metric tons.

According to the District Livestock Office, in the financial year 2008-09, 38,600 metric tons of milk was produced daily in 184 large farms and family based farms in Bhola. Now there are 1 lakh 40 thousand 6 metric tons of milk being produced in 605 large farms and family based farms. This huge amount of milk production is sponsored by government and non-government organizations.

The Volar Rural Public Development Organization (GJUS) is providing loans, free training and medical aid to build family-based farms. Assisting in creating milk market. Various types of dairy products including raw and sweet curd are being produced in the milk produced in Bhola. These products are being supplied to different parts of the country including Dhaka. According to the District Livestock Office, Bhola has 5 lakh 95 thousand cows and 1 lakh 24 thousand buffaloes.

There are 12,400 small and large cattle farms in the district. In all, 55-60 percent of the total population of the district is involved in cattle rearing including cattle and buffaloes. Farmers are expressing concern over the increase in the price of granular food. They say that the price of food is rising in proportion to the price of milk or dairy products.

Akhter Hossain, director of Akhter Dairy Farm in East Ilisha Union of Sadar Upazila, said his farm has more than 350 cows. Of these, about 100 cows produce about 420 kg of milk per day. He is delivering this milk from house to house at the rate of 60 rupees per liter. Besides, they are also making ghee, butter and yoghurt and selling it.

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