Poultry scientists and researchers at a discussion in Rajshahi unequivocally called for promoting bio-security measures in poultry farming for producing safe poultry meat.

Mentioning that substantial and sustainable promotion of bio-security measures can play an effective role in curtailing dependence on antibiotics, they warned that excessive use of antibiotic is severely harmful to public health.

The observation came at a workshop on organised under the project ‘Food Safety Governance in Poultry Sector in Bangladesh’ at Paba upazila office of Livestock Services on Tuesday. The project is jointly being implemented by Consumer Association of Bangladesh (CAB), UKaid and British Council.

Chaired by district Livestock officer Dr Zulfikar Akhter Hossain the meeting was addressed, among others, by upazila Livestock officer Dr Moninul Islam, veterinary surgeon Dr Khandaker Sagar Ahmed, CAB district unit general secretary Golam Mostofa Mamun and CAB upazila unit president Kazi Nazmul Islam.

Field coordinators of the project agriculturists Mohidul Hassan and Mozammel Sheikh addressed the meeting as focal persons.

The discussants observed that ensuring good poultry farming practice for safe poultry meat is very vital for making public health free from various diseases.

Mentioning that there should be adequate measures to bring all the poultry farmers, traders, feed manufactures, sellers and others concerned under necessary training to enhance their awareness in this field, experts at the workshop said, “All quarters like farmers, hatchery owners, poultry bird sellers, feed meal manufacturers and sellers and the field level officers and staffs should work together to reach the goal. There is no alternative to good poultry practice to ensure safe meat.”

Dr Zulfikar Akhter Hossain stressed the need for ensuring safe feed and resisting high-powered antibiotics use to get best quality poultry meat.

He clarified that the farmers normally use antibiotics against the diseases caused by bacteria.

He said if the farmers erect boundary wall around the poultry farm and adopt precautionary measures the farm could be protected from infection of diseases caused by bacteria. In that case, the production cost can be reduced.

Dr Zulfikar Hossain urged the poultry farmers not to use any antibiotics without recommendations of veterinary doctor.