Salma Sultana is one of three Bangladeshi women who have made it to the list of 100 Asian scientists for their contributions to scientific research. He has been given this recognition for his role in spreading veterinary education.
The list of 100 scientists has been published in the Singapore-based science journal Asian Scientist.
Salma Sultana is an agriculturist. Originally working with farms and small farmers, he also built a veterinary hospital with a laboratory for diagnosing animal diseases.
He said that while studying at the university, he saw that there was a gap in veterinary medicine in Bangladesh and that was why he was keen to work on it.
“We have veterinarians. But we don’t have enough assistants or veterinary nurses for them. When I go to work in the field, I see that there is no one who can help me. Doctors can’t do everything. We have a lot of limitations in our laboratory. There’s a lot of work to be done here. “
Salma Sultana says farmers are not able to raise their cattle properly due to lack of adequate knowledge and training. As a result, they are being harmed economically, as well as the food security of the people.
“There has been a lot of improvement in our agricultural sector. But farmers are still not using modern technology in cattle farming. They also lack general knowledge about it.”
Giving an example in this regard, he said that the environment of the barn where the cows are kept is not very developed. Not many people know that the roof of a barn should be 14 to 18 feet high. Even they do not have enough knowledge about the primary treatment of cattle. They are not getting any help in this regard, as a result of which their production is being damaged.
“Cattle farmers used to feed water to the cows by mixing water with bran. The cows were fed rice. The porridge was cooked and fed. But these are very harmful for the stomach of the cows. They don’t know about it. We are telling them to give dry food to the cows,” he said.
Salma Sultana says, “You see how much rice weighs, 60/70 rupees per kg of good rice, fish per kg, but the price of one kg of beef is 500/550 rupees. So it can be a very lucrative business for them. But due to lack of knowledge.” They can’t achieve that. “
He says the lack of knowledge in veterinary medicine is also affecting human health.
“It’s not just about producing, it’s also about whether the product is safe for humans. It’s also important to consider whether beef or milk, poultry eggs are safe.”
“A lot of sick cows are being slaughtered in our country. He may be being treated. He is also being slaughtered in this condition. As a result, the ingredients of the medicine remain in his body. We are eating that meat. As a result, our health is also under threat,” he said.”
But Salma Sultana says the last few years have seen a number of changes among farmers. They are now also interested in using modern technology.
“Farmers are trying to find out a lot now. They’re browsing YouTube. When a farmer sees that milk production has increased a lot, he will want to use modern technology on his own,” he said.
He said that as a result of such propaganda and training, the prejudices among the cattle farmers were gradually being eradicated.
Salma Sultana is the Chairman of Model Livestock Advancement Foundation, the only private veterinary training center in Bangladesh.
The other two Bangladeshi women scientists named in the Asian Scientists are Ferdousi Qadri of the International Center for Diarrheal Research in Bangladesh. He works to prevent infectious diseases in children in developing countries. Another is Saima Sabrina, a professor at the Bangladesh University of Engineering. He studied the use of nanomaterials.