Livestock, poultry rearing make Narsingdi Char people self-reliant

A number of ultra poor people living in the vast sandy char areas of Meghna Arialkhan and Haridoa rivers in Narsingdi district have been able to change their fate over years by rearing livestock and poultry birds, reports BSS. 

As the people are becoming self –reliant economically, a sense of awareness on sanitation, safe drinking water, health care facilities for children and mother, prevention of dowry, child marriage, repression on female and trafficking of children and women is also being made among all in those areas.

A recent survey revealed that helpless men and women in most of the char villages under Narsingdi Sadar, Raipura and Belabo upazilas of the district in recent years have achieved huge success by livestock and poultry farming and living a decent life.

The inhabitants of these char areas are mostly landless people having lost everything in river. But now they are engaged in rearing livestock on commercial basis in the char lands.

The people are now encouraged to livestock farming after growing of grass in the vast uncultivable char areas. Hundreds of cows, buffaloes, goats and sheep are found grazing in fields every day.

On an average, there are more than 10 animals in one family and they are earning a lot every year through livestock farming. As a result, the standard of living of the people is improving as they are selling livestock animals.

But they (char people) are not getting fair price of milk in the absence of dairy and milk processing factory in the char areas , sources said, adding that some of them take a long walk to far-flung upazila headquarters and sell milk.