The community based ‘Dairy and Livestock Development Program (DLDP)’ has been formed by the Development Initiative for Social Advancement (DISA) to ensure implementation of the designed activities required in the process to strengthen the cattle development efforts in Bangladesh. Reviewing the enormous potentiality of Livestock sector in national economy, the endeavor is for greater national interest. In the way, DLDP has planned a number of development activities involving male and female groups for their economic & social benefits. These include: Establishment of Dairy Plant, formation of DLDP Dairy Campus - integrating activities of Demonstrative Cattle Farm, Model Farm, Cattle treatment/healthcare facilities & Farmers’ school/ institution, Cattle Treatment and Breed Development Programs, Milk collection infra-structures & marketing channel development, and related others.
The project area includes initially Comilla district of Bangladesh particularly the valleys of the Lalmai hills and reverie & marshy lands covered by partly Comilla Sadar, Chandina, Barura, Kachua, Matlab and Laksam Upazilas those were earlier popular for milk production. The area of operation is being expanded further. Now it is also covering Munshiganj District.
Considering existing dairy and livestock status of Bangladesh, DISA initiated the current program for the benefit of poor, marginal & less fortunate farmers thereby contribute effectively in the national economy with the experience DISA gathered by 23 years of rural financing and other development activities. Accordingly, the program is planning related activities, in the tunes of its vision and mission.
To cater to the huge national demand, the project aims at undertaking activities of livestock development based on DISA’s own experience, processing of quality dairy foods, beverages giving preference to the food habit of the local people through using improved and up-to-date technology to ensure:
Through integrated approach with rural production of diversified raw materials processed in high quality machineries, the project will contribute to meet local market demand in cases of attaining the capacity of surplus production, it may help earning foreign currency through export abroad. Accordingly targets will align to: