Dhaka, Bangladesh
Farmers' role vital to ensure poultry feed safety

Farmers' role vital to ensure poultry feed safety

RAJSHAHI, Feb 23: Experts at a discussion here mentioned that the role of farmers and retailers is very important to ensure feed safety coupled with resisting high-powered antibiotics use in poultry farming and selling, reports BSS. They viewed using unsafe feed and high-powered and overrated antibiotic in poultry feed is harmful for public health. So, time has come to look into the matter with utmost emphasis. There is no alternative to ensuring safe poultry feed and good poultry farming management. The observations came at a daylong workshop titled "Role of the farmers and live bird market actors in poultry feed safety" at conference hall of Department of Livestock Services (DLS) in the city on Thursday. 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 it. Divisional deputy director of DLS Dr Sheikh Azizur Rahman and its Assistant Director Dr Humayun Kabir addressed the discussion as chief and special guests respectively with District Livestock Officer Nizam Uddin in the chair. Additional District Livestock Officer Dr Zulfikar Akhter Hossain, Upazila Livestock Officer Ismail Haque, Project Coordinator Mustofa Kamal and its field officer Mohidul Hassan also spoke. The discussants stressed collective efforts of all public and private entities for ensuring poultry feed safety. They also laid stress on good poultry farming practice for ensuring safe poultry production to keep people free from diseases. Dr Sheikh Azizur Rahman told the workshop that measures should be taken to bring all the poultry farmers, traders, feed manufactures, sellers and others concerned under necessary training to enhance their knowledge in this field.

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