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Experts for ensuring antibiotic-free poultry items

  • Published at 10:05 pm February 25th, 2019
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About 10 million people are expected to be dependent on the poultry industry by 2030 Mehedi Hasan

They said the government needs to emphasize on increasing the intake of eggs and poultry meat among consumers

Speakers at a discussion said the government and local poultry industry are working together to ensure antibiotic free poultry meat and egg production. 

They also urged the authorities to ensure the proper use of antibiotics to produce safe and hygienic foods.

They spoke at a roundtable titled “Poultry for Healthy Living” at Jatiya Press Club yesterday, which was jointly organized by the World Poultry Science Association- Bangladesh Branch (WPSA-BB), and Bangladesh Poultry Industries Central Council (BPICC).

Experts said that economic development alone is not enough to ensure nutritious food and establishing a healthy nation. 

They said the government needs to emphasize on increasing the intake of eggs and poultry meat among consumers.

An announcement was also made about a five-day 11th International Poultry Show, which will be held in Dhaka on March 5-9.

Dr Hiresh Ranjan Bhowmick, director general of the Department of Livestock Services (DLS) and chief guest on the occasion, said the unauthorized sale of antibiotics by drug shops in the country will have to be banned.

“We hope the Bangladesh Drug Administration will be cautious. Besides, we are also working to amend and update the existing Poultry Development Policy.”

He also said there are no plastic eggs in Bangladesh. “Media reporting on the sale of plastic eggs in the market is nothing but a rumor.”

WPSA-BB President Shamsul Arefin Khaled said they are working to ensure production of antibiotic free poultry meat and eggs by 2024. 

“Only rice intake will not ensure a healthy nation. Taking of eggs on a daily basis is very important for establishing a nutritious nation,” Khaled said.

Dr Nathu Ram Sarker, director general of Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute (BLRI), said, “Every person should take more eggs and meat in the country to became a healthy nation.”

Some 230 local and international companies with their 800 stalls will take part at the international poultry show in Dhaka.