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 appropriate financial services. Large amount of this finance is being used for farming activities especially livestock production and fish 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 aquaculture and livestock production through financial service, technical service, skill development and quality assurance. 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).
FISHERIES AND LIVESTOCK UNIT ACTIVITIES SINCE INCEPTION:
During the fiscal year 2017-18, FLU has been working in 51 upazillas under 23 districts covering 27 agro-ecological zones of Bangladesh through 28 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 related IGAs by using appropriate technologies at farmer’s level. For sustainable and profitable livestock production, good housing practices, effective feeding system ensuring animal comfort, preventive veterinary care, timely breeding and environment-friendly waste management are the pre-requisites. Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) ensures sustainable commercial fish production in a cost effective manner. Improved technologies that LC demonstrated includes semi-intensive Black Bengal Goat rearing, intensive dairying, beef 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 through Brahma crossbred cattle rearing programme, buffalo rearing, hydroponic fodder production, unconventional feed marketing and turkey production. Here, selected members are being provided with appropriate financial services together with farming inputs such as breeding animal, day old chicks, housing design, fodder cutting/saplings, anthelmintics, vaccines, disinfectant etc. and technical advices. Till April 2018 the LFU implemented 30,946 livestock related technologies, many of which are now being replicated in the community. Based on this replication the FC 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. The average monthly net income at the beneficiary level from goat rearing is 2,000/- to 2,500/-, from turkey rearing is 2,500/- to 3,500/- and from broiler duck rearing 6,500/- to 9,000/-.
Distribution of vaccines, anthelmintics & kit: The FLU has conducted vaccination program against the FMD, Anthrax, PPR, New Castle Disease, Duck plague Disease and also provided broad spectrum anthelmintics. So far, FLU vaccinated 8,87,140 animals and birds and provided deworming boluses to 2,76,235 large & small ruminant animals. FLU has provided veterinary Kit to technical staffs of Partner Organizations so as to ensure preventive and curative veterinary services at members’ door-steps. FLU has distributed California Mastitis Test (CMT) kit among the program implementing organization for the detection of mastitis in dairy cattle
Under aquaculture, the FLU has implemented different fish production technologies such as carp-mola mixed culture, crap fattening, high value fish like native shing, magur, tengra, pabda, gulsa and baim fish culture, carp-prawn polyculture, Vietnam koi culture, Eel fish culture & fattening and cage fish culture. Besides, it has also introduced pond dike/embankment vegetable cultivation, ornamental fish culture, predator fish polyculture, giant pangas or white muscle pangas culture, vetki-tilapia polyculture, nursery pond rearer etc in 27 agro-ecological zones of Bangladesh. The FLU has also introduced cluster based kuchia farming and high value native fish culture. Till April 2018, the FLU has also implemented 9179 fisheries related demonstrations and many of which are now being replicated among the fish farmers.
Capacity building of PO’s staffs
Farmers’ training: The FLU has trained 38,030 members on different Fisheries & livestock technologies as of April 2018. Besides, it has also trained 250 Livestock & poultry service providers (LPSP) at member-level.
Training & Exposure visit: The FLU has trained 225 staffs of POs on different livestock technologies. It has organized exposure visits to successful demonstrations of livestock technologies for 611 staffs of PO. Besides, 24 PO staffs received training on Good Aquaculture Practices (GAqP) at Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute (BFRI). The FLU has also organized training cum exposure visit for 72 staffs of PO’s on aqua cultural practices.