The poultry sector of Bangladesh over the last years has emerged as a potential sector. This promising sector can provide various opportunities to increase GDP growth rate, ensure food security and fill meat consumption deficiency. Currently, in Bangladesh more than 44 per cent of the daily human intake of animal protein comes from livestock products. The poultry industry has been supplying quality protein to the people of Bangladesh at the lowest price in the world.
It is god news that with the integration of international standards in production, country’s poultry industry is looking forward adding foreign currency to the export basket. It is indeed good news that the government is working on amending the pertaining foreign policy in order to ease poultry export to foreign markets. The government is also planning to establish ‘poultry industrial zones’ in order to ensure high bio-security and establish international standard production procedures. A guideline is being prepared with an aim to fulfill World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) protocols so that it can help the local industry get international export certificates. In different parts of the country, a compartmentalization system will be put in place in order to pay a special focus on poultry industries to ensure their compliance with international practices while in production.
Reportedly, poultry industry has already introduced the international standard production system aiming to grab the global export markets for poultry feed, meat and eggs. Industries had set up
poultry feed mills, meat, egg, day-old-chick (DOC) production units and processed food unit complying with the international standard.
However, there is room for further improvement of this promising sector. In order to make the poultry industry export worthy and export friendly, there is a need for assisting the local industry in ensuring better management practices by providing tax benefits. Also there is a need for establishing some areas as poultry zones where the bio-security and other international practices will be ensured. It will help give the global market a positive message about Bangladesh’s poultry industry and raise poultry export.