Skip to main content
    • Aa
    • Aa

Poultry production profile and expected future projection in Bangladesh

  • S.C. DAS (a1), S.D. CHOWDHURY (a2), M.A. KHATUN (a3), M. NISHIBORI (a1), N. ISOBE (a1) and Y. YOSHIMURA (a1)...

The aim of this paper is to review the current status of poultry production and its future prospects in Bangladesh, covering both rural and commercial poultry production. As an important sub-sector of livestock production, the poultry industry in Bangladesh plays a crucial role in economic growth and simultaneously creates numerous employment opportunities. The poultry industry, as a fundamental part of animal production, is committed to supplying the nation with a cheap source of good quality nutritious animal protein in terms of meat and eggs. Two main systems of poultry production are common in Bangladesh nowadays: commercial poultry production – where birds are kept in total confinement, and traditional scavenging or semi-scavenging poultry production. Approximately 20% of the protein consumed in Bangladesh originates from poultry. With the exception the dip in production due to the recent Avian Influenza outbreak, the growth of this industry in terms of standards of commercialization, is very rapid. A gap still exists between the requirement and supply of poultry meat and eggs within the recent frame-work of the informal marketing system that is currently used. Among poultry species, the chicken population is dominant over others, at almost 90%, followed by ducks (8%) and a small number of quail, pigeons and geese. Free range ‘backyard’ and scavenging poultry, that are traditionally reared by rural women and children, still play an important role in generating family income, in addition to improving the family's diet with eggs and meat. Productive and reproductive performance of indigenous birds is relatively very low (35-40 eggs and 1-1.5 kg meat per bird per year), but genetic improvements by selective breeding, along with adequate nutrition and proper management, looks promising and quite possible. Commercial poultry production in Bangladesh, is conducted on an industrial scale and is growing tremendously in spite of recent difficulties but is expected to make a significant contribution to the economic development of the country. A national poultry policy is expected to be approved by the government shortly, which, when implemented, will improve the organization of production and marketing, allowing increased stability and security of output throughout the year. In addition, efforts should be taken to ensure safety standards of poultry meat and eggs for human consumption. Experts from the government, research institutes, universities, NGOs and other relevant sectors need to work in a collaborative manner in order to allow sustainable production and fight challenges jointly when they appear from time to time. Corresponding attention to research and development will allow the poultry sector to flourish in Bangladesh. As government funding is limited, industrialists need to come forward either to establish their respective research facilities or to provide funds to universities and research institutes in order to undertake research works of national and international importance.

Corresponding author
Corresponding author:
Linked references
Hide All

This list contains references from the content that can be linked to their source. For a full set of references and notes please see the PDF or HTML where available.

M.A ALI and S. LESSON (1995) The nutritive value of some indigenous Asian poultry feed ingredients. Animal Feed Science and Technology 55: 227-237.

A. BARUA and Y. YOSHIMURA (1997) Rural poultry keeping in Bangladesh. World's Poultry Science Journal 53: 387-394.

A. BARUA , M.A.R. HOWLIDER and Y. YOSHIMURA (1998) Indigenous naked neck fowl of Bangladesh. World's Poultry Science Journal 54: 279-286.

S.D. CHOWDHURY , Z. SULTANA , M. AHMMED , B.L. CHOWDHURY , S.C. DAS and B.C. ROY (2005) The nutritional values of khesari (Lathyrus sativus) for growing and laying pullets. The Journal of Poultry Science 42: 308-320.

M. DHAR , S.D. CHOWDHURY , M.A. ALI , M.J. KHAN and M.A.H. PRAMANIK (2007) Responses of semi-scavenging F1 crossbred (Rhode Island Red ♂ × Fayoumi ♀) grower and pre-layer chickens to diets of different nutrient density formulated with locally available feed ingredients. The Journal of Poultry Science 44: 42-51.

M. KAMARUZZAMAN , S.D. CHOWDHURY , C.K. PODDER and M.A.H. PRAMANIK (2005) Dried papaya skin as a dietary ingredient for broiler chickens. British Poultry Science 46: 390-393.

A. KHATUN , M.A. ALI and J.G. DINGLE (1999) Comparison of the nutritive value for laying hens of diets containing azolla (Azolla pinnata) based on formulation using digestible protein and digestible amino acid. Animal Feed Science and Technology 81:43-56.

T. OKA , Y. INO , K. NOMURA , S. KAWASHIMA , T. KUWAYAMA , H. HANADA , T. AMANO , M. TAKADA , N. TAKAHATA , Y. HAYASHI and F. AKISHINONOMIYA (2007) Analysis of mtDNA sequences shows Japanese native chickens have multiple origins. Animal Genetics 38: 287-293.

S.A.M. OSMAN , M. SEKINO , T. KUWAYAMA , K. KINOSHITA , M. NISHIBORI , Y. YAMAMOTO and M. TSUDZUKI (2006) Genetic variability and relationships of native Japanese chickens based on Microsatellite DNA polymorphisms-focusing on the Natural Monuments of Japan. The Journal of Poultry Science 43: 12-22.

J.C. RIISE , A. PERMIN and K.N. KRYGER (2005a) Strategies for developing family poultry production at village levels-Experiences from West Africa and Asia. World's Poultry Science Journal 61: 15-22.

A.C. SIKDER , S.D. CHOWDHURY , M.H. RASHID , A.K. SARKER and S.C. DAS (1998) Use of dried carrot meal (DCM) in laying hen diet for egg yolk pigmentation. Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences 11: 239-244.

D. TADELLE , Y. ALEMU and K.J. PETERS (2000) Indigenous chickens in Ethiopia: genetic potential and attempts at improvement. World's Poultry Science Journal 56: 45-54.

T. YEASMIN and M.A.R. HOWLIDER (1998) Egg production and egg quality characteristics of normal and dwarf indigenous (Desi) hens of Bangladesh. Journal of Applied Animal Research 13: 191-196.

Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

World's Poultry Science Journal
  • ISSN: 0043-9339
  • EISSN: 1743-4777
  • URL: /core/journals/world-s-poultry-science-journal
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *



Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 8
Total number of PDF views: 78 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 495 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between September 2016 - 22nd May 2017. This data will be updated every 24 hours.