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Govt to help 1.39 lakh plain land ethnic minority families in self-employment

Published on: 1:41 am - Wednesday | August 28, 2019


The government plans to create self-employment opportunity  for  1,38,635 families of plain land ethnic minorities by providing them with training on cattle rearing and poultry farming.

The beneficiaries will also get cattle and poultry animals, their medicines and feed free of cost.

The project beneficiaries will be selected from 210 upazilas of 29 districts.

Ethnic minorities of three hill districts are not included in this project.

The Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) on Tuesday approved a special scheme at an estimated cost of Tk352 crore to this effect.

The Department of Livestock Services (DLS) of the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock initiated the project.

“ECNEC has approved the project today (Tuesday). Now a government order will be issued soon. Then, we will go for implementing the project,” Hiresh Ranjan Bhowmik, director general of Department of Livestock Services, told Dhaka Tribune.

He said beneficiaries would get cows, buffalos, goats, ships, chicken and ducks free of cost under the project.

Selected families would receive all necessary trainings from initial stage to marketing levels on cattle and poultry farming.

Hiresh Ranjan Bhowmik said the project was designed to provide feed support for cattle and poultry animals to selected beneficiaries for a period of three months.

“Medicine supply will be continued from government’s livestock storage as long as possible. Medicines that are not in our stock will not be possible to provide them,” he added.

The livestock DG said beneficiaries would get trainings on fodder cultivation for their cattle.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina chaired the ECNEC meeting.

The ECNEC has approved 12 projects involving a total cost of Tk 5494.04 crore.

The government will finance Tk 5416.04 crore while Tk 78 crore to come as foreign grant.

The projects include construction of Alikadam-Jalanipara-Kurukpata-Poamuhuri Sarak at Tk509.29 crore, construction of Cargo Vehicle Terminal at Benapole Land Port at a cost of Tk289.68crore and establishing rest houses for drivers of goods-laden trucks at the sites of four national highways at Tk262crore.