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 technology on black bengal goat rearing, dairy cattle production, beef cattle fattening, vermicompost 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 technologies. 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 22,396 above mentioned different demonstrations till January 2017. In case of FC, the implemented technologies are carp-mola mixed culture, crab fattening, high value fish culture, carp-prawn poly culture, vietnum koi culture, eel fish culture & fattening and cage fish culture. The established demonstrations under FC are 4,316 (January 2017).
Farmer’s training: For better understanding and proper implementation, FC & LC provided training to 5,425 & 26,000 members respectively on different Fisheries & livestock technologies as of January 2017. Beside this, LU also developed 100 Livestock & poultry service providers (LPSP) at member-level.
Distribution of vaccines & anthelmintics: LC is conducting vaccination on FMD, Anthrax, PPR, New Castle Disease, Duck plague Disease and providing broad spectrum anthelmintics to HHs. So far, LU vaccinated 6,17,610 animals and provided deworming boluses to 1,91,538 large & small ruminant animals. LC 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: FC has released 1,110 kg fish fry in open water bodies to increase fish production and also distributed 2,134Fishing Gears among the farmers. LC 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 425 staffs of POs on different livestock technologies mentioned earlier. LC has organized exposure visits at successful demonstrations for 633 staffs of PO’s.
LC and FC have established 43 goat cluster having at least 15 farms in each cluster; 81 vermicompost clusters with at least 24 farms in each cluster; 6 quail clusters with at least 7 farms in each cluster; 4 hybrid layer clusters with at least 11 farms in each cluster; 1 sheep cluster with at least 7 farms in each cluster and 8 shing-magur clusters, 5 carp-tilapia clusters, 6 eel fish clusters, 1 pabda clusters, 1 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 vermicompost unit is 700/-.