Poultry industry in Bangladesh has the ability to improve both the demand and supply sides of quality nutrition in order to make a healthy nation, they said while speaking at the two-day 11th International Poultry Seminar organised by World's Poultry Science Association-Bangladesh Branch (WPSA-BB) which began at a hotel in the capital yesterday
The speakers at the seminar also suggested going for accelerating research, and high quality production with proper bio-security measures since the economy is growing at higher pace over the last one decade.
At the inaugural session, WPSA-BB President Shamsul Arefin Khaled said the nutritious food is the most important factor for physical and mental growth. Since Bangladesh is heading towards a developing nation by 2024, it needs to ensure sustainable and equitable food security for a healthy and equitable nation.
“Bangladesh needs a socio-economic model of healthy living,” Khaled added.
Khaled also said, “We are working to ensure production of anti-biotic free eggs and meat by 2024. Only rice intake will not ensure a healthy nation. Taking of eggs on daily basis is very important for establishing a nutritious nation,”
He believed that the country's poultry industry has the unique ability to improve both the demand and supply sides of quality nutrition. Khaled said that improvement of rural economy is vital for improving the national economy.
“If we want a vibrant rural economy we must concentrate on the progress of poultry industry,” said Khaled.
Prof Dr Ning Yang, president of WPSA global chapter said Bangladesh has a remarkable progress in poultry industrial production. It has the capacity to supply quality protein.
General Secretary of the WPSA-BB Mahabub Hassan welcomed the national and international guests for participating at the international seminar.
Local and international experts presented papers on different issues on poultry science and industry at the seminar. In total 99 scientific papers to be presented in the two-day seminar. Poultry scientists and experts from 15 countries are participating in the International seminar.
At the plenary session-I, General Secretary, WPSA, Roel Mulder presented the paper on "World’s Poultry Science Association: today and tomorrow" and G.L. Jain of the Venkatesshwara Research and Breeding Farms PVT. LTD, India, presented another paper on "Breeding strategies for broilers and layers under shifting paradigms".