The Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute has developed a variety of layer chicken, named Shubhra, bred to reduce dependence on layer imports.

The new breed can lay eggs within 19 weeks and has an annual laying capacity of 280-295 eggs. The chicken was bred for disease resistance in the local environment, according to BLRI officials.


Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged scientists to continue their development efforts in the poultry and dairy industries to address the country's shortage of meat and protein.