Improving Milk Production and Marketing System in Northern Chars of Bangladesh
An integrated approach for the development of milk market helps poor communities living in the char lands of Bangladesh to enhance their income. The approach combines technical, organisational and marketing interventions. Md Mamunur Rashid, Md. Shafiqur Rahman and Khandaker Farzan Ahmed participated in this initiative and they share their experiences here.
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The authors have narrated the complex process of developing an integrated dairy farming with focus on improved breeding, feeding and marketing of milk. This integrated system helps the poor dairy farmers and the impact on their livelihood is quite discernible. This is akin to the milk cooperative system developed in India. Just the way the success of the milk cooperatives depend to a great extent on the executives who run the milk unions in India, the sustainability of this integrated milk production and marketing system entirely rests on the capacity of the executive committee of the Char Business Centres (CBCs) in Bangladesh. I congratulate and thank the authors for the new practice ( loose housing) which helps in reducing the infection of thyroid gland in cattle.