History, Constraints of Hemp and Future Prospect as A Potential Livestock Feed an Bangladesh

  • RAHMAN MD. ATIAR Department of Bioscience and Food Production, Shinshu University, 8304 Minamiminowa, Nagano 399-4598, Japan
  • SHUVO ABDULLAH AL SUFIAN Department of Animal Nutrition, Bangladesh Agricultural University Mymensingh-2202, Bangladesh
  • HABIB MD. REZWANUL Department of Dairy Science, Bangladesh Agricultural University Mymensingh-2202, Bangladesh
Keywords: Hemp, Historical Background, Livestock Feed, Nutritional Quality, Legal Constraints


This study explores the historical context and potential of hemp as livestock feed in Bangladesh. Hemp, or Cannabis sativa L., has a long history in the region, dating back to the 18th century, when it was cultivated for various purposes, including medicinal and intoxicating uses. Hemp in Bangladesh serves various functions, primarily for medicinal purposes across different regions. Globally, the demand for hemp is rising, driven by its applications in fiber production, food, and medicine. Despite legal complexities, hemp has the potential to be a valuable livestock feed additive due to its nutritional qualities. Feeding hemp to ruminant animals can improve the fatty acid profile of their milk and meat. For non-ruminant animals like poultry, hemp seeds offer essential nutrients for growth and health. However, constraints exist, including legal issues and societal misconceptions regarding cannabis in Bangladesh. Changing these perceptions is crucial to realizing the potential of hemp in the country's agriculture and livestock industries.