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Govt poultry farm falters for ‘mismanagement’ in Thakurgaon

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UNB, Thakurgaon :
Reported mismanagement and other irregularities in the government-run poultry farm in the district town have brought it to its knees, putting its existence at stake.
The farm was set up on a 3.17-acre land in front of Sadar Hospital here in 1982-83 fiscal year for ensuring the supply of chickens and poultry, aiming to meet the poultry demand of the people living in Thakurgaon, Panchagarh and Nilphamari districts.
Despite having prospects, the poultry farm could not play any effective role due to 'mismanagement and negligence' of its officials and employees, according to sources at the farm.
The farm has neither any regular manager nor has any essential machinery like incubator (a device for maintaining the eggs of birds or reptiles to allow them to hatch) and brooder house, some officials told UNB wishing anonymity.
Although Upazila Livestock Officer Dr Abdur Rahim has been in-charge of the farm as its manager, he hardly visits the farm.
More worrying is that medical wastes are dumped into the pond of the farm, contaminating its water as there is no one to monitor it.
Contacted, Dr Abdur Rahim told UNB that there are 14 posts, including that of manager and poultry development officer, in the farm. Of the positions, he said, 12 have been lying vacant for a long time.
While visiting the farm, the UNB correspondent found that the farm is in very bad shape due to 'mismanagement and negligence' as the doors and windows of the building have broken down by the time. "The building is totally unfit for use," said a staff of the farm preferring to remain unnamed.
The farm authorities said there are three shades in the farm for farming chicks, and one of those is totally empty.
As there is no any brooder house in the farm, they said, it is not possible to control its temperature for the proper growth of the chicks.
Locals alleged that the environment of the area is being polluted seriously as nearby hospitals and clinics are regularly dumping their medical wastes into the pond of the farm defying the repeated requests of the farm staff not to do so.
Dr Abdur Rahim said construction of new shades, renovation of its staff quarter, setting up an incubator, a brooder house and hatchery machines are necessary to revive the farm. "What's more important is to fill the vacancies as soon as possible," he insisted.

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