Quail farming is gaining popularity among the youths in the district as it is profitable, can be run easily and there is little risk of disease.
Chunnu Mia of Ghonoshampur village in Sadar upazila started quail farming in 2013 with Tk 16,000, now his capital is Tk 23 lakh.
He is the fifth child of Abdur Malek Mia. He gave up his studies due to poverty. Then he tried to do different kinds of jobs but could not succeed.
Chunnu set up a quail farm on 10 decimals of land in 2013 with the help of his brother-in-law. He bought 335 quails for Tk 3,350 from Naogaon, following information from one of his friends.
“A quail gives 250 to 300 eggs and the young hatch in 18 days. I sell a quail for Tk 30 to Tk 35. Around 30,000 quail chicks are bred in the incubator every month in my hatchery. I supply those to 25 farms in Sadar upazila and different districts, including Rajbari, Gopalganj and Madaripur,” he said.
“I also rear turkey and titir birds in my farm. The meat of turkey is very tasty. I sell a turkey for Tk 3,000 to Tk 3,500 when it weighs 10 kg to 12 kg. I rear titir as a hobby,” Chunnu said.
“Quails give me financial solvency, so I shall rear them in future also. I help young people who come to me to learn about farming quails,” he added.
“Quail farming has been gaining popularity among the youths for it is easy, profitable and there is little risk of diseases. We also provide all kinds of facilities to the farmers,” said District Livestock Officer Habibul Huq.