Fisheries and Livestock Unit
Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) has been working towards poverty alleviation through sustainable development programmes for the poor and ultra-poor with micro credit as a means. Large amount of this credit is being used for farming activities especially livestock production. Proper implementation of livestock related Income Generating Activities (IGAs) can alleviate poverty of these borrower households through ensuring their sustainable employment, increased income and sustained food security. PKSF has established the Livestock Unit (LU) in 2013 as per the resolution of 182nd board meeting. Later, the Livestock Unit has renamed as Fisheries and Livestock Unit (FLU) as per the resolution of 205th board meeting held on 1st November 2016. The objective is to ensure sustainable fish and livestock production through some pillars as stated in figure-1. Under FLU, activities are carried out by two different cells namely Fisheries Cell (FC) and Livestock Cell (LC). The FLU renders its services to farming community under the Operations Division of PKSF through its field level Partner Organisations (POs).
FLU ACTIVITIES SINCE INCEPTION:
Under FLU, FC and LC are working at 37 upazillas in 20 districts through the selected Partner Organizations (POs) of PKSF.
FLU activities for programme participants/members
Technology demonstration: The objective of technology demonstration is to ensure profitability of fisheries and livestock based IGAs of members. In case of successful livestock production, this is achieved through cost effective feeding system, animal comfort, reduced morbidity & mortality, ensured regular breeding cycle and environment-friendly waste management. On the other hand, Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) could result in fish production at maximum level with economic manner. Among the demonstrations, LC is implementing the technologies on black bengal goat rearing, dairy cattle production, beef cattle fattening, vermin-compost production, buck rearing, broiler rearing, layer rearing, sonali chicken rearing, duck rearing, quail rearing, rabbit rearing, fodder production improved steer cattle fattening, beef cattle development programme and turkey production. Here, members are being provided with farming inputs i.e. breeding animal, day old chicks, housing design, fodder cutting/saplings, anthelmintics, vaccines, disinfectant, technical advices etc. LC implemented 23,817 demonstrations on different technologies till April 2017.
In case of FC, the implemented technologies are carp-mola mixed culture, crap fattening, high value fish like native shing, magur, tengra, pabda, gulsa and baim fish culture, carp-prawn poly culture, vietnum koi culture, eel fish culture & fattening and cage fish culture. In this connection, FC has introduced pond dike or embankment utilization for seasonal vegetable cultivation. Along with other aquacultural technologies, FC has started Eel fish or Cuchia farming that created visible impact at the field level. The established demonstrations under FC are 4,835 (April 2017).
Farmer’s training: FLU has trained 33,400 members on different Fisheries & livestock technologies as of January 2017. Beside, FLU also developed 150 Livestock & poultry service providers (LPSP) at member-level.
Distribution of vaccines & anthelmintics: FLU has conducted vaccination program on FMD, Anthrax, PPR, New Castle Disease, Duck plague Disease and also provided broad spectrum anthelmintics to HHs. So far, FLU vaccinated 676,370 animals and provided deforming boluses to 203,890 large & small ruminant animals. FLU has provided Kit to technical staffs of Partner Organizations so as to ensure preventive and curative veterinary services at members’ door-steps.
Fish fry release & Kit distribution: FLU has released 1,850 kg fish fry in open water bodies to increase natural fish production and also distributed 2,660Fishing Gears among the farmers. FLU has distributed California Mastitis Test (CMT) kit among the program implementing organization for the detection of mastitis in dairy cattle.
FLU activities for the staffs
Training & exposure visit: LC trained 125 staffs of POs on different livestock technologies mentioned. LC has organized exposure visits at successful demonstrations for 533 staffs of PO’s. Besides, FC trained 24 staffs on Good Aquaculture Practices (GAqP) at BFRI. Apart from this, FC has also organized training cum exposure visits at successful demonstrations for 72 staffs of PO’s through 3 different batches.
FLU has established 103 goat cluster having at least 15 farms in each cluster; 193 vermicompost clusters with at least 20 farms in each cluster; 15 quail clusters with at least 7 farms in each cluster; 10 hybrid layer clusters with at least 8-10 farms in each cluster; 2 Turkey clusters with at least 6-10 farms in each cluster;1 sheep cluster with at least 7 farms in each cluster, 8 shing-magur clusters, 5 carp-tilapia clusters, 6 eel fish clusters, 1 pabda clusters, 2 carp-prawn cluster, 1 carp-mola cluster & 1 crab cluster with at least 20 ponds in each cluster respectively. The average monthly income at the beneficiary level from goat rearing is 2000/- to 2500/- per month, from quail rearing is 3,000/-, from hybrid layer rearing is 4,500/- and from family type vermin-compost unit is 700/-.