Do you want to start a new career in agriculture? Here is how to start

Touhid Parvez Biplob has had a fascination with cattle since childhood. On the day of Eid-ul-Adha, he would still take care of his family’s sacrificial animals.

Returning from New Zealand to Bangladesh after completing his graduate studies in 2010, Biplob took over the family flour mill in Bogura. In addition, he built a small shed to raise six cows and bulls; it was more his fascination with cattle than with business.

However, within ten years, what started as a small farm built out of pure love for cattle, has now grown into a full-fledged business with hundreds of cows and bulls, a few dozen goats and a few deer.

“In 2015-16, some of my relatives started buying cattle from me. I sold 12 bulls for the first time at once and made a small profit. Biplob told The Business Standard.

In the years that followed, he continued to expand his farm steadily. “From 12 to 30, then 60 the following year, then 70, and finally this year before Eidul Adha, I sold 269 cattle.”

This year, Biplob aimed to sell 365 cattle from the last Eidul Adha to the next and it has already sold 120. “I think I will reach my target in six months. I’m still delivering around five bulls today. 180 head of cattle. The number will rise to nearly 350 before Eid-ul-Adha.

Why agriculture?

Biplob is one of the many recent farmers who have joined popular trends in beef farming as the market demand for red meat is high.

Although the government claims Bangladesh is self-sufficient in red meat, the market paints a different story. Today, a kilogram of red meat costs around 600 Tk, which is much more than the average world price. While the rich here can sometimes help themselves to the beef, the underprivileged can smell it from afar. Government data barely reflects in the market.

You should have a plan for how you invest. Suppose you have Tk10 lakh. The best investment in this number would be to build a shed for Tk2 lakh, buy cattle worth Tk6 lakh (of which you should buy Tk2 lakh of cows), and the remaining investment should be spent on food.

Market experts point to many reasons such as the extortions traders face on their way to the cattle market, the lack of availability of livestock and India’s strict surveillance of contraband cattle at the border for increases. unusual prices.

Farmers believe, however, that in addition to getting rid of the extortions and solving the aforementioned problems, more entrepreneurs joining up with cattle ranching, which is already a popular career choice for many, could solve the poverty crisis. red meat in Bangladesh.

“While there are proverbial sayings that Bengalis eat rice and fish, we love beef very much. So today, despite everything we produce at home, we are still dependent on Indian cows and bulls and raw meat imports from different countries. The absence of which results in the unusually high price of beef, ”Biplod said.

“With more entrepreneurs in cattle breeding, we will be autonomous in the red meat trade and if necessary, we will also be able to export. The career prospects in this sector are high and they will never lose their appeal”, he added.

Farming tips for beginners

Biplob, with its ten years of experience in cattle breeding, has shared breeding know-how with The Business Standard to enlighten enthusiasts.

We have compiled Biplob’s advice in chips:

  • If you are a young entrepreneur looking to explore the livestock industry, then don’t settle for a huge investment. Take it step by step with a small number. Raise maybe five to ten cattle in the first batch. Gain experience and learn.

  • Take training. Get real experience from somewhere. Biplob offers first-hand training on its farm. You can contact him and receive first-hand experience. Without first-hand training, your farming business can end up failing

  • If you can devote it full time, start growing your business. The cost of raising a cow and a hundred cows is not the same. If a cow requires 6000 Tk of expenditure per month, a hundred cows would require 4000 Tk each per month. “I’m not saying start with 100, start with five or ten,” Biplob said.

  • When you start to cultivate, first divide the livestock according to types. If you start the farm with ten, there should be three 15 liter cows. If you can sell 45 liters of milk for as little as Tk 50 per liter, a lot of your expenses can be managed.

  • Don’t build farms just to sell cattle on Eid Day. There should be a continuous flow of sales. Any time of the year when you can sell them and make a profit, go for it – don’t expect too much profit at once.

  • You should have a plan for how you invest. Suppose you have Tk10 lakh. The best investment in this number would be to build a shed for Tk2 lakh, buy cattle worth Tk6 lakh (of which you should buy Tk2 lakh of cows), and the remaining investment should be spent on food.

We asked how Biplob preserves the health of cattle since it has hundreds of them. He said, “In basic health problems like fever or diarrhea.”

“There are some health issues to keep in mind. For example, proper vaccination against worms keeps livestock healthy and feed will have its impact. In addition, vaccination against foot-and-mouth disease is also very important. Without the foot-and-mouth disease vaccination, you can be up to two months behind schedule. ”

In response to our question about the square footage needed to build a farm like the one being built, Biplob said their farm has two sheds that are 220 feet long and 33 feet wide, some sheds 100 feet and some 50 feet. In total, “I have 10 bigha for the farm and 12 bigha for the grass. The meadow is a must.”

“Also, I have a 100ft long quarantine shed where I can quarantine 30 cattle at a time. When you buy a cow or a bull you have to observe it for a few weeks before you can let it go. in the middle of your own herd. A new member can be a carrier of different diseases and affect other members of the herd. So you should build a shed about 100 feet from the farm, “he added.

It might seem difficult for newbies, but Biplob says: “If you think taking care of all of this is very difficult, it isn’t. I’ve been doing this for a long time and didn’t find them very difficult. ”

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