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Asma Begum feeds her ducks on a canal in the village of Kathalpara in the upazila of Kalapara in Patuakhali. Photo: Sohrab Hossain

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Asma Begum feeds her ducks on a canal in the village of Kathalpara in the upazila of Kalapara in Patuakhali. Photo: Sohrab Hossain

Raising ducks changed the fate of Zahir Beg, day laborer in the village of Kathalpara in Kalapara upazila of Patuakhali, and his wife Asma Begum.

Two years ago they started the farm with just 12 ducklings which they got for free from a development agency office and now have 1,000 ducks worth around 4 lakh Tk, Asma said. .

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Zahir struggled to manage his family of four on their meager income. One day, on the advice of a neighbor, Asma brought 12 free ducklings from the agency office.

After three months of raising the ducks, they sold each duck for 400 Tk, Asma said, adding that they then bought 300 ducklings at 35 Tk each with 10,000 Tk saved on her husband’s income and 5,000 Tk. earned by selling the 12 ducks.

Raising ducks offers good prospects for the couple.

Her Al-Amin and daughter Mim Akhter are now studying in Class VI and Class V at a local school, Asma said, adding that she bought two bighas of farmland by raising ducks.

Like the couple, many people from poor communities earn a lot by raising birds.

Asma said her husband Zahir took ducks to the Kachupatra River near their house every day. After finishing her housework, she also goes there to tend the ducks.

“Every three months I sell each duck for 350 to 400 Tk. I get over 200 eggs a day from the farm,” she added.

Seeing the couple’s success, many upazila people got into duck farming.

Laiju Begum, a housewife from the Nowapara region, said it was difficult for her husband to manage the family of four on his meager income. She later started raising ducks to earn extra income.

No less than 4,320 ducks were distributed among 360 poor families in the unions of Lalua and Chakamia of Kalapara upazila within the framework of the project “Assistance to sustainable development (ASD)” led by a non-governmental organization called Friendship, declared its chief. project manager, Jewel Hasan.

He added that due to the large number of rivers, canals, ponds and water bodies in the area, ducks can be easily bred. Many people from poor and disadvantaged communities in Kalapara become self-sufficient by raising ducks.

Many women in the region are now helping to make life easier for their poverty-stricken families by raising ducks, Jewel said.

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