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.

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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.