The purpose of the study is to assess the economics of dairy farming in
Bangladesh and the prospects for improving the dairy income for
small-scale producers, which currently form the backbone of the dairy
The document begins with a general overview of milk production in the
country, followed by a detailed study of dairy farming in the in the
northern district of Sirajganj. The study applies a method of farm-level
economic analysis developed by the International Farm Comparison Network
(IFCN) which is based on the concept of 'typical farms'. Three farm
types were identified as 'typical' in the district and were subjected
to detailed analysis: A two cow farm with 0.4 ha of land, a ten cow farm
with 1.6 ha of land and a 25 cow farm with 1.8 ha of land. Each farm is
described in detail with assets, production costs, profits and other
economic information presented both graphically and in the text.
Preliminary estimates of the margins in the dairy chain are provided.
The study concludes that milk production from bovines in Bangladesh is
not competitive internationally and that under a liberal trade regime
for dairy products dairy farmers in Bangladesh are unlikely to fully
benefit from the vast increase in milk demand predicted to occur over
the next ten years unless productivity is significantly improved.
A three page executive summary is also available in addition to this
PPLPI, FAO, Rome, Italy, ii+38pp.