Being an agricultural country, Bangladesh is blessed with different domestic animals and as a result cattle-keeping practices are in abundance along with different crop productions. Most of the rural people are dependent on the agricultural activities for their lively-hood besides which one can hardly find any rural house not having at-least a single cattle-wealth. Farmers’ keep cow, goat and buffalo among others, not only for meat purposes but also for a healthy and nutritious dietary supply source - milk. However, quantity of milk yielding by local breed of cattle is very poor. Even though few areas of the country like Munshiganj, Serajganj, Pabna and other off-shore and reverie areas are famous for cattle rearing activities and thereby producing surplus quantity of milk against local demand. The farmers of these areas maintain a number of improved varieties of cattle in their herds.
There are some other areas too at present producing higher quantity of milk by practicing cattle-keeping with improved variety and also in some offshore areas there are buffalo-keeping practices for meat and milk. But due to the lack of access towards proper marketing channel for milk of those areas, the productions are not appropriately contributing in the national grid supply. As a result, the total productions of milk in the country do not cater the demand compelling huge investment of foreign currency for milk and milk products import.
Development Initiative for Social Advancement (DISA), a non-government development organization, reviewing the situation of inadequate milk production and protein source - meat, established a cattle farm in 2012 at Poyalgachha village of Barura Upazila under Comilla district. The purpose of this initiative was to create awareness among the villagers about rearing and maintaining of hybrid cow and thereby producing large quantity of milk for their economic benefit. In the process, Milk producing farmers’ of the area were organized simultaneously under the fold of ‘Sada Dal’ (White Group) to materialize the spirit of cattle development for economic benefit with sustainability.
DISA further initiated the “DISA Dairy and Livestock Development Program (DLDP)”, in 2013, with the plan of cattle and dairy development in the area for economic growth of the members of Sada Dal (White Group) and to contribute in the national economy.
The significant purposes of ‘Dairy and Livestock Program- DLDP’ are :