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Welcome to BRPA

Welcome to the official site of Bangladesh Rabbit Production Association (WRPA). Our enthusiastic aim is to introduce “Rabbit meat may be an alternative protein source in Bangladesh”. We are devoted to grow and develop the rabbit industries in Bangladesh by sharing knowledge and promoting research and training. We are also coming up with regular publications and events to support rabbit production so stay tuned as we update this site.

Bangladesh is a densely populated agriculture based country with a significant number of populations still live below the poverty line. The depth and severity of poverty is worse in rural areas with 80 per cent of the poor living there. Due to the poverty, most of these people suffer from an acute shortage of animal protein like meat, milk, egg etc. Though production of animal protein has maintained an upward trend, per capita availability of animal protein presently stands at around 21 g meat, 43 ml milk per day and 41 eggs per year vis-a-vis WHO recommended intakes of 120 g meat, 250 ml milk per day and 104 eggs per year. Among the livestock sector, the poultry industry has been becoming a leading industry in Bangladesh. Most of the animal protein has been coming from poultry industry.But now a days, the poultry industry has been destroyed due to the severity of avian influenza. Therefore, to mitigate the protein shortage we should think alternative animal protein sources. Among such alternatives the use of unconventional livestock species that are yet to play a major role in animal production.

The fast-growing livestock such as rabbits possess a number of features that might be of advantage in the small-scale subsistence-type integrated farming in developing countries. Rabbit production as “Micro-Livestock” may be a veritable way of alleviating animal protein deficiency in Bangladesh. It has immense potentials and good attributes which include high growth rate, high efficiency in converting forage to meat, short gestation period, and high prolificacy, relatively low cost of production, high nutritional quality of rabbit meat. It contains higher percentage of quality protein and lower content of fat and cholesterol than beef, turkey, pork and even chicken. In Bangladesh, rabbit production can be integrated into small-scale farming systems, with the rabbits being fed on crop residues, weeds, waste fruits, vegetables, kitchen and dinning waste, etc.