Bangladesh gets its 1st fully-automated dairy farm

January 10, 2021 Business
Eon Group has generated the country's 1st automated dairy farm found in a village of Badarganj upazila in Rangpur.

The state-of-the-art facility will mainly produce pasteurised milk alongside other milk-based products such as ghee, curd and ice cream.

Fisheries and Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim inaugurated the farm seeing as chief guest yesterday.

He expressed deep pleasure over the facility, which will retail products under a good Barakah brand.

The dairy farm was made on 50 acres of terrain in Shantoshpur village at the end of 2019.

The same year, Eon Group imported 225 pregnant Holstein Friesian cows from Australia which are now being reared at the farm.

The cows started making milk in December this past year.

During a visit to the website on Saturday, this kind of correspondent identified the cows in a number of large sheds separated by gender and age.

A milk processing plant was as well installed at the farm, which employs 45 persons.

Dr AKM Serajul Haq, an adviser to the farm, said all areas of the service were fully automated, from preparing the fodder to product packaging the milk.

"We are not working with our hands at all along the way. The control machine runs all of the steps for producing safe milk while cutting expenditures," he said.

Besides, IOT sensors have already been setup on every cow to monitor their health, diet, application of medications and breeding aswell.

The cowsheds were designed utilizing a Swedish model. "Cows seems convenient in these sheds and if they are comfortable, milk production will be great," Haq added.

A dairy farm specialized from holland was also appointed.

The farm's processing unit can separate the harmful antibiotics and aflatoxin from the milk, which will be available in 500ml and 1,000ml packs available in the market.

"We will produce other milk-oriented products, sans milk powder, which is marketed quickly," he said.

At present, the business's daily production target is around 2,000 litres. However, they have been working on a plan to produce 10,000 litres of milk each day.

Momin Ud Dowlah, chief executive officer of Eon Group, termed it a good revolutionary step in dairy farming.

Around Tk, 4,000 crores are spent every year to import milk, especially the powdered 1. If entrepreneurs in the united states come forward, Bangladesh is a milk exporting region in fact it is possible to earn huge profits from simply this sector, he added.

In the last couple of years, annual milk development has truly gone up 10 times in the united states.

There are 15,00,000 dairy farms across the country. Of them, only six had been of a large level, said Abdul Jabbar Sikdar, director-general of the Division of Livestock Services.

"Per capita milk consumption in the united states rose to 175ml, around 4.5ml bigger. Such a farm of a higher scale would create an opportunity for locals," he added.

Rownak Mahmud, secretary to the ministry, as a special guest, urged all ministry officials in your community to increase their support for the sector.
Source: Thedaily Star

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