January 11, 2021
Bangladesh opens its first fully-automated dairy farm
Bangladesh's Eon Group has set up the country's first fully-automated dairy farm in a village of Badarganj upazila in Rangpur, The Daily Star reported.
The state-of-the-art facility will produce mainly pasteurised milk and other milk-based products such as ghee, curd and ice cream.
Fisheries and Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim inaugurated the farm as chief guest on January 9.
The farm was built on 50 acres of land in Shantoshpur village at the end of 2019.
The same year, Eon Group imported 225 pregnant Holstein Friesian cows from Australia for the farm.
Dr. AKM Serajul Haq, an adviser to the farm, said all aspects of the facility are fully automated, from fodder preparation to milk packaging. IoT sensors have been placed on each cow to monitor their health, food intake, drug application and breeding status.
The cowsheds are designed using a Swedish model. "Cows feels more comfortable in these sheds and if they are comfortable, milk production will be high," Haq adds.
A dairy farm expert from the Netherlands was also appointed.
The farm's processing unit can separate any harmful antibiotics and aflatoxin from the milk, which will be available in 500ml and 1,000ml packs.
The company's daily production target is about 2,000 litres of milk, and it is planning to ramp it up to 10,000 litres.
According to Momin Ud Dowlah, chief executive officer of Eon Group, Bangladesh spends about Tk, 4,000 crores (~US$469.3 million; Tk 1 = US$0.012) each year to import milk, mostly in powdered form, and encourages more entrepreneurs to come forward to help the country to become a milk exporting country.
There are 1.5 million dairy farms in Bangladesh. Of which, only six are considered large scale, says Abdul Jabbar Sikdar, director-general of the Department of Livestock Services.