Barisal duck breeding farm turns to cattle grazing ground
Anisur Rahman Swapan
The structures, equipments and land worth Tk 40 core of duck breeding farm at Goriar Par area of the city now turns to a grazing ground of cattle and other domestic animals after it remained abandoned for years.
The staffs and officials also remained absence as salaries of 18 also became arrear since last five years.
After visiting the spot and talking with livestock department it was learnt that the ‘regional duck breeding farm’ was established on four acres of land at the cost of Tk 40 core on 2003 in the regime of BNP-led government.
It was fully equipped with modern amenities to breed average 24 thousand ducks and raring ducklings per month. Arrangement for marketing and supplying ducklings also made there.
The employees and officials demanding transfer to revenue-sector lodged case in 2009.
However AL-led coming in to power lost their interest about the BNP alliance initiative project.
There were eight duck breeding farms in the country and only the farm at Barisal remained as closed since last five years.
Due to that cause salaries of the officials and staffs became arrear and funding for running the farm stop since more than last five years.
Thus the farm gradually became abandoned. During visiting the spot it was found that three incubators for breeding ducklings, three hatcheries of the farm totally damaged. There was no duck or ducklings at two-storied brooder-shed, two grower-shed, six layer-shed. Only cows, goats and other domestic animals grazing in the filed of the farm
One two-storied administrative building and training center remained vacant. Air-conditioning machines, electricity generators, cars went out of order and at the verge of destroying as those remained out of use and care since long days.
Only two employees having no accommodation facilities in the city staying there and passing sub-human life due to lack of wages.
More than three hundred duck farm now in trouble as they started functioning depending on the supply of the ducklings from this farm. Now they collecting ducklings from Dhaka, Mymensing and Khulna at higher costing and troubles to fulfill their demands, said Aminul Islam Jhanda, a leader of Barisal poultry owners association.
Rafikul Islam, a poultry technician of the farm, said High Court on January 2012 asked government to give salaries of the officials and employee by transferring the project to revenue sector.
Government then lodged appeal with Supreme Court against the High Court judgment and Supreme Court also ordered the same as High Court on May 2014.
However that order of the Supreme Court yet to be implemented by the concerned ministry and authourities, Rafikul told.
Abu Sayeed, guard of the farm, said the domestic animals of nearby dairy and livestock development farm using this ground as their grazing field.
Moniruzzaman, duck-attendant of the farm, explaining the cause of absence of manpower in the farm, told most of the officials and employees became bound to be engaged in other works to maintain livelihoods as the firm closed, salaries stopped since last five years. Many of them working as day-labours, rickshaw-pullers.
Samaresh Kumar, officer in charge of the dairy and livestock development farm and acting in charge of the regional duck breeding farm, acknowledging the facts he yet not received any order from the higher authourity about the order of Supreme Court.
Duck farmers of the region would be benefited if the farm started functioning. However matter of starting functioning the farm depended on the arrangements and permission of the concerned ministry by providing funds, Samaresh added.
Edited By: Amader Barisal Desk