Expressing concern over the move to allow beef import, livestock business leaders have called on the government not to do it for the sake of the greater interest of the local industry.
“Rural economy, leather & leather goods sector, soil-health, financial sector, sanitary and phytosanitary issues and other livestock related sectors will be in jeopardy if beef import is allowed”, said Dr M Nazrul Islam, president of Animal Health Companies Association of Bangladesh (AHCAB).
The concern came at a press conference at the National Press Club in the capital, jointly organised by Animal Health Companies Association of Bangladesh (AHCAB), Bangladesh Dairy Farmers’ Association (BDFA), Bangladesh Veterinary Association (BVA), Bangladesh Poultry Industries Association (BPIA), Bengal Meat and Bangladesh Agro Feed Ingredients Importers & Traders Association.
Nearly 60 million people across the country partly or fully and 14.8 million farming households will be affected if beef import is allowed, said Dr Nazrul Islam.
Shah Emran, general secretary of BDFA and Khondokar Md Mohsin, joint secretary general of BPIA, among others, were present at the function.
Dr Sharif Ahmed Chowdhury, general manger of Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF), presented a keynote paper titled ‘Exporting Garments in Exchange of Meat – Can We Afford that?’.