POST TIME: 9 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Black Bengal goats hit big in Chuadanga

Black Bengal goats hit big in Chuadanga

The rearing of Black Bengal goats has increased as it helps reduce poverty.

About 545,768  Black Bengal goats are in  Chuadanga at present. Of the total, 545,105 goats are being reared in private farms  and by families, while 663 are being reared in the Chuadanga Government Goat Farm.

Last year, the number of Black Bengal goats in the district was 465,099, according to the DLO office.

Upazila-wise break up shows there are 118,348 goats in sadar upazila, 186,585 in Alamdanga upazila, 113,460 in Damurhuda upazila, 126,712 in Jibannagar upazila, and 663 in the government goat farm.

There are about 120 private goat farms in the district. These farms and individual families in the district mostly rear this type of goats. It is the only source of income for some           families.

Chuadanga’s Black Bengal goats are especially famous for their tasty and nutritious meat and thick hide. A female goat becomes pregnant twice a year and gives birth to two to three kids each time.

District livestock officer Dr Mohammad Golam Mostofa said Black Bengal goats like to stay in dry and high places where they can move freely. They shun crowded places, preferring a lot of fresh air and light.

Farmers keep the goats in shelters made of straw, tin, or concrete. The goats also like a bamboo or wooden platform inside the house. These animals are reared near the edge of streets, ponds, and fallow land.

An adult male goat weighs about 10–18 kg, a female goat 8–12 kg, it is learnt.

In order to increase the number of Black Bengal goats, the government established a goat-breeding farm at Chuadanga town in 1996.  

This variety of goats is supplied to the farmers from the government goat farm for breeding.

A female or a male goat is sold for Tk. 1,800 to farmers or ultra-poor people.

Sirajul Islam and his wife, both residents of Mominpur village in Sadar upazila, bought two female goats six years back. Now, they have 40 goats. Every year, they sell six or seven goats to maintain his family.

Dr Mohammad Golam Mostofa said that housewives, unemployed youths, day labourers, farmers, and students were coming forward to rear Black Bengal goats. They are being given support and knowhow by the livestock department, he added.

He also said the government had taken up an artificial insemination programme to breed this type of goats.