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POST TIME: 16 July, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Commercial duck farming gains popularity
There are more than 3,500 duck farms in Rajshahi division
BSS, Rajshahi

Commercial duck farming gains popularity

This photo shows a woman with some ducks at a village in Rajshahi district recently. BSS photo

Commercial duck farming has been gaining popularity in the region because the grassroots people including the marginalized ones are getting benefits from it in many ways.

“Many people including poor and marginal families have become economically solvent by rearing ducks alongside trading of the domestic bird and its egg,” said Kolyan Kumar Fouzder, Divisional Deputy Director of Department of Livestock Services.

He says there are more than 3,500 duck farms, up by around fifty percent than that of last ten years, in Rajshahi division comprising eight districts.  

Duck farming has become more profitable and sustainable, where Beel areas and wetlands are situated, he mentioned.

Kolyan Fouzder added that duck products such as eggs and meat have a great demand in the local markets. So, commercial duck farming business is being adjudged as a great source of earning.

Many successful farmers are making a high profit from their duck farming business.

Duck farming business has also become a stable employment source. Young unemployed educated people are joining the business making their own employment source.

Mahmuda Khatun, 42, a resident of Barshapara village under Godagari upazila, has been able to eradicate the poverty cycle after finding the way of a better livelihood though self-employment.

Earning money from duck farming and a grocery shop has now become a consistent source of income, which is gradually increasing due to rising local demands.

“The income has driven-out my long-lasting poverty and financial hardship and uncertainty those I had before,” said Mahmuda.

The transformation in her life began in 2012. Initially, she received a loan worth Taka 5,000 from her 60-member Village Development Committee (VDC) and established a small-scale duck farm at her home.