Published:  12:36 AM, 12 September 2018

Efforts to ensure compliance in poultry sector stressed

Experts at a discussion in Rajshahi have stressed the need for collective efforts of all government, non-government and public representatives to ensure compliance in the poultry sector for the sake of a sound public health.

They identically mentioned that manufacturing, producing and marketing of safe poultry feed is the precondition to good poultry farming and that can be the effective means of getting good poultry meat, reports BSS. 

They made the observation while addressing a workshop titled "Role and Duties of Professional Leaders and Public Representatives in Safe Food Good Governance in Poultry Sector" in Paba Upazila Parishad Hall room in the district on Monday.

Consumer Association of Bangladesh (CAB) organized the workshop in association with UKaid and British Council. An Issue-based project on "Food Safety Governance in Poultry Sector in Bangladesh" supported the program. 

Chaired by CAB local unit General Secretary Golam Mostofa Mamun, the meeting was addressed, among others, by Upazila Nirbahi Officer Jahid Newaz and its Vice-chairman Ashraful Haque, District Livestock Officer Dr Zulfikar Akhter Hossain, assistant director of Department of National Consumers Rights Protection Hassan Al Maruf and Upazila Livestock Officer Ismail Hossain. Besides, CAB Project Field Officers Mohidul Hassan and Mozammel Haque spoke as focal persons. 

Dr Zulfikar Akhter mentioned that manufacturing and marketing of safe poultry feed is very important for ensuring best practices of poultry farming, adding that all concerned government and non-government bodies should come forward and work together to this end. 

He told the meeting that time-fitting measures are being taken to bring all the poultry farmers, traders, feed manufactures, sellers and others concerned under necessary training to enhance their knowledge in this field.

 During his concept paper presentation, Agriculturist Mohidul Hassan gave an overview of the country's poultry sector. He puts forward a set of recommendations on how to make the poultry sector safe and hygienic.

Using overrated antibiotic in poultry feed is harmful to public health. So, time has come to look into the matter with utmost sincerity. "We have to ensure safe poultry feed and good poultry farming management," he added.

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