Commercial Ostrich Farm In Nepal
Which is the largest bird in the World? Name the biggest egg laying bird? Which is the fastest running bird on the land? All these common GK questions have same answer and its Ostrich.
Ostrich Nepal Pvt. Ltd is first and only farm in Nepal located in Gangoliya-1, Rupandehi between Butwal and Bhairahawa in 20 bighas land which is biggest Ostrich farm of Asia. They started the ostrich farming with 1000 chicks with the initial investment of 13 crore. The main aim to establish farm is to meet high demand of ostrich products (skin, feather, meat) in international market which are expensive. The farm also sells ostrich products in some hotel of Nepal.
Ostrich is the largest bird known and native of Africa which is distinctive in its appearance with a long neck and legs. It has capability to run with speed of 70 km/hr. It weighs from 60-140 kg. We can distinguish male and female via feather, adult male have black and female have greyis- brown and white color feather. Ostrich matures sexually at 2-4 yrs old where female mature 6 months earlier than male.
Ostrich is mainly farmed for meat , feather (decorative) and skin (leather products) which are marketed commercially. The price of Ostrich meat in the international market is US$90 and in Nepal 2000 per kg.
The diet of Ostrich consists of mainly plant matters such as seeds, shrubs, grasss, etc. It also eats invetebrates like insects.
Ostrich has red meat low in fat with great taste similar to beef meat in taste and colour which is considered very well for health. Ostrich have fat but collected outside muscles which can easily be removed during processing, so this meat is famous with people who love red meat but think of body weight too.
Ostrich farm have many advantages which can be enlisted as below,
- Donot require more land to graze as of livestock
- Give products earlier than livestock
- When Ostrich is slaughter only a little is wasted. Meat is sold in market, feathers and skin for leather products.
Ostrich Nepal Pvt. Ltd has started a new farm in Bijauri, Dang in 80 bighas besides Rupandehi with popularity of Ostrich meat and products inside the nation and abroad.
The world second largest bird Emu are also in the farm of Gangoliya which are about 300 in number. There are about 7000 ostrichs in Gangoliya and 700 in Dang. This farm provide an employment opportunity to many people along with its famous in international market. Government need to promote such farm in Nepal with experts and researchers in this field. Then We can introduce Nepal from Ostrich in worldwide along with our pride Buddha, Mt. Everest and many beautiful natural scenario.