Industry leaders call for addressing challenges in poultry sector

Around 60lakh workers are directly or indirectly involved in the industry

Poultry industry leaders called for taking necessary steps to address the challenges being faced by the sector.   

They made the call while addressing the ‘Dutch-Bangladesh Knowledge Sharing Roundtable’ at a hotel at Gulshan-2 in Dhaka on Tuesday, according to a media statement issued on Wednesday.  

They said that about Tk35,000 crore has been invested and about 60 lakh workers are directly or indirectly involved in this sector and steps must be taken to save the industry. 

They called for ensuring bank loan on easy terms to marginal farm owners and farmers, providing incentives in emergency time, and stopping the influence of middlemen.

Speakers at the Dutch-Bangladesh Knowledge Sharing Roundtable on Tuesday, August 30, 2022 Courtesy

The measures also include imparting training to farmers and farm owners on modern technology, and bringing marginal farmers under insurance.

According to the statement, there are about 90,000 to 100,000 poultry farms across the country. 

The sector has created employment facilities for many people, including women. 

Speakers observed that the sector deserves due attention.      

PoultryTechBangladesh, a public-private partnership co-funded by Netherlands Embassy in Dhaka, comprising leading Dutch and Bangladeshi companies active in various parts of the poultry value chain, organized the event in collaboration with the Breeders Association Bangladesh (BAB) and the Feed Industries Association of Bangladesh (FIAB). 

Relevant stakeholders and executive committee members of the associations and representatives across the value chain including Dr Bibek Roy, poultry geneticist, Department of Livestock were also present. 

In his address, Dr Bibek stated that the discussion focused on identifying existing challenges in the sector.

Abu Luthfe Fazle Rahim Khan, managing director, Aftab Bahumukhi Farms Ltd, said: “It has been observed that the demand for protein consumption in Bangladesh is exceptionally volatile due to different cultural festivities and events. Hence, it is important to conduct a consumer baseline study to understand protein consumption behavior.” 

Meanwhile, Breeders Association Bangladesh General Secretary Mahbubur Rahman, said: “Regulatory steps need to be taken to stop selling live chicken in wet markets. The single step will ensure better food safety, streamlined value chain without excessive intermediaries, better farmgate price for producers, and lower price of poultry products in the retail market”.

Md Ahsanuzzaman, director and CEO of Spectra Hexa Feeds Ltd stated: “Access to finance is another key challenge for small and medium scale farmers of Bangladesh. Hence, for the industry to scale up, it is important to provide them easier access to loans, ensure insurance coverage and improve their technical capacity.”

Gordon Butler, president of G&S Agriconsultants Co Ltd, said: “The poultry sector is unique in comparison to global poultry industries. Hence, we cannot aim to replicate the practices of the global west but instead we, need to collaboratively come up with unique solutions that are relevant to the Bangladeshi poultry industry.”

Md Nazrul Islam, associate vice president of ACI Godrej Agrovet Private Limited, said that they expect the poultry industry to increase by 300% at 320+ eggs per capita per annum both in terms of egg and meat consumption by 2025. 

“Hence, we should focus on food safety and develop a traceable and integrated backward linkage to ensure profitability for farmers and quality products for consumers at an affordable price,” he said.