March 26, 2010


Bangladesh admits lag in poultry farm restoration


About 50,000 poultry farms out of 150,000 in Bangladesh have quit farming amid lack of proper measures to rehabilitate these farms after the bird flu ruination.


"We have lagged in proper rehabilitation efforts following the bird flu debacle, although this industry is extremely important for our country, not only as a provider of protein but also as a generator of employment," Finance Minister AMA Muhith told a conference of agents of Kazi Farms, one of the biggest poultry company in the country.


Held at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre, the conference was also addressed by Food and Disaster Management Minister, Dr Abdur Razzaque and Director General of Department of Livestock Services, Sunil Chandra Gain.


Kazi Farms Chairman Kazi Zahedul Hasan chaired the programme, attended by about 900 agents from across the country. Participants of the conference suggested the government ensure compensation to the farms affected by the bird flu.


The finance minister listed some measures the government had earlier taken for poultry farmers, which include ensuring easy bank loans and stimulus package.


The food minister said the poultry industry should be brought under insurance scheme to protect farmers from losses due mainly to the bird flu attack.

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