Thriving livestock business creates job opportunities in Rupandehi

Bhairahawa, May 20: About 40,000 people are employed in the livestock farms in Rupandehi district.

More than 3,400 registered and unregistered cow farms are in the operation in the district where 40,000 people are working, said Pradip Poudel, information officer at the District Livestock Service Office.

“Two to 80 persons are working in a farm. The statistic shows that around 35,000 people are getting job in the registered farms alone,” he said.

In the district, 442 cow and 240 buffalo farms are registered whereas around 16,000 cow firms and 10,000 buffalo farms are in operation without registration, he informed.

 Similarly, around 200 goat and pork farms are in the district.

According to him, foreign returnees are investing more in the livestock business in the district.

“With the foreign returnees' encouraging involvement in livestock business, livestock business has thrived in the district, creating more job opportunities for the locals,” he said.

The largest cow farm—Lumbini Agro and Research Centre Private Limited and the largest Ostrich farm of the country are in operation in Rupandehi.

About 130 people are employed in these two farms.

 “Here are big opportunities to invest for operating livestock breeding centres, dairy plants and feeds industry,” Poudel said.

Hundreds of people are getting jobs also in grass cultivation in the district.

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