World’s Poultry Science Association-Bangladesh Branch (WPSA-BB) president Shamsul Arefin Khaled came up with the remarks at press conference ahead of the 10th International Poultry Show to be held on Thursday at International Convention City Bashundhara in Dhaka.
The Bangladesh chapter of World’s Poultry Science Association will host the three-day mega event.
“People of our country consume less protein than required. In Bangladesh, the lion’s share of protein is coming from the cereal while it should come from animal protein sources, said Shamsul Arefin Khaled.
“We are far behind from the developed nations in terms of animal protein intake. To recover the deficit, we need poultry promotion and have to make it cheaper. It is only possible if we can cut the production costs by ensuring effective use of science and modern technology in the industry,” said Khaled.
He said the price of chicken and eggs is much cheaper compared to beef, mutton and fish.
“If we fail to adopt modern technology, the price of egg and chicken would go higher. Local entrepreneurs are working to make eggs and chicken affordable to all.”
“Poultry is playing a vital role in cutting hunger and poverty in the country. The contribution will be increased in future as it is the only industry in livestock sector which can grow,” said Zahedul Islam, vice-president of WPSA-BB.
The poultry industry has created direct jobs for 20-25 lakh people. By 2030, more than one crore people will be dependent on this sector, he added.
The sector is also helping the women become self-reliant. By 2021, the investment to this sector will cross Tk55,000 crore mark. Within a short period, this sector will enter the export market.
According to Nazrul Islam, treasurer of WPSA-BB, organic fertiliser, biogas and electricity are also being produced from poultry waste following recycling method.
The three-day event will remain open from 9:30am to 8:00pm every day which will end on March 4.
Some 195 local and foreign companies will take part in the show with their products and technologies.
There will be 490 stalls at the fair. Representatives from 20 different countries will attend the show. Some 104 technical papers will be presented by local and international poultry experts.
To attract the visitors, drawing competitions for the children on March 3, and a day-long quiz completion from March 2 to 3 will be held.