Published:  12:18 AM, 13 July 2019

Sheep rearing changes fortune of women in Rangpur

Sheep rearing changes fortune of women in Rangpur Rashida Begum rearing up sheep which ended her poverty. Rangpur is becoming a profitable zone for sheep rearing. -AA

Rashida Begum generally gifts sheep to her near and dear ones on their birthday and matrimony. So far she gifted 15 sheep to her sons and daughter and in-laws as she found fortune in rearing up sheep in a remote village of Taragonj upazila of the district.

Rasheda is one of the more than hundred women who have changed their fortune through rearing sheep in village Laxmipur of Ekorchali union of Taraganj upazila, reports BSS. In their 40 years conjugal life Rasheda and her husband had no alternative to working as day-labour to maintain life. Daily wage of a day-labour was also very low and job was not available every day.

So, with their two sons and a daughter, Rasheda used to starve frequently. Rasheda started her venture ten years back by taking Taka 500 from her elder brother as loan. She bought a female sheep at Taka 365. After six months, the sheep gave birth to four cubs. Within another six month it gave birth to four more cubs. "From that time, I did not have to look behind. The number of my sheep continued to rise every year and I started meeting all expenses by selling those sheep," she said.

"Sheep are my fortune changers. My two sons are now vegetable traders and they are running their families with their own earnings," a smiling Rashida said. Following the footsteps of Rashida, her neighbours Ambia Begum, Khadija Khatun, Khaleda Yasmin, Sharifa Begum and many other women of the village started rearing up sheep in recent years to make their fortune.

Taraganj Upazila Livestock Officer Agriculturist Dr. Sirajul Islam Khan said the Upazila Department of Livestock provides all necessary assistance, technologies and vaccines to sheep in village Laxmipur free of costs.District Livestock Officer Agriculturist Md. Shahjamal Khondker said the sheep rearing has become as a profitable occupation because of high reproductive rate of the animal.

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