POST TIME: 16 August, 2018 11:59:48 PM / LAST MODIFIED: 17 August, 2018 02:38:56 PM
Sacrificial animals begin arriving in cattle markets

Sacrificial animals begin arriving in cattle markets

This photo taken yesterday shows cattle being transported on a boat on the River Buriganga as sacrificial animals arrive at cattle markets in the capital ahead of Eid-ul-Azha. Independent Photo

Sacrificial animals have started arriving in the city's temporary cattle markets. Selling is to begin officially on Sunday. Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) have set up 21 temporary cattle markets in the capital for  Eid-ul-Azha, apart from the permanent one at Gabtoli. Traders from different parts of the country have started arriving with their cattle-laden trucks.

This correspondent found this while visiting cattle markets at Gabtoli, Tejgaon Coloni Bazar, Dhupkhola and Aftabnagar. Traders said they are in the city markets hoping to sell their sacrificial animals during weekly holidays on Friday and Saturday, ahead of Eid to be celebrated on August 22.

According to the Department of Livestock Services (DLS), there are adequate sacrificial animals against the demand for about 1.10 crore heads of cattle for this year’s Eid-ul-Azha.

A total of 11,588,923 heads of cattle are being prepared for this year’s Eid under the cow-fattening programme in 442,991 commercial farms across the country, DLS sources said.

Prices of animals are reasonable compared to last year.

Medium-sized animals can be bought for between Tk. 60,000 and Tk. 1,10,000 and the small-sized ones between Tk. 40,000 and Tk. 50,000.

Goats are available for Tk. 5,000-Tk. 50,000.

Those who have reared cattle locally with the hope of making a good profit are worried about the possible presence of Indian cattle.

Javed Bepari, a cattle trader from Kushtia, said he brought 18 medium- and large-sized cows to Aftab Nagar on Tuesday. He said there will be no shortage of sacrificial animals.

"I couldn't sell a single ox from my stock till Thursday," he said.

He expected the number of buyers to increase from Friday morning.

Abdul Karim, a cattle trader from Jhenidah, brought 38 bulls to Gabtoli with the hope of earning some extra profit. He alleged that he had to pay the police and influential people at different points on the way to Gabtoli with his cattle-laden trucks.

“If Indian animals arrive in large numbers, it may lead to a fall in prices of local cattle and we will suffer huge losses,” he said in reply to a query.

Most of the buyers were found visiting the cattle markets only to observe the present market trend and the supply situation of sacrificial animals.

Salah Uddin Ahmed, a retired bank official of Mirpur who visited the Gabtoli market, said he wanted to check prices and the supply situation. “I have decided to buy the sacrificial animal on Sunday as there are problems to accommodate it in our residence,” he added.

Most of the cattle traders are yet to arrive, but many are waiting or are on the way to the city’s temporary markets with their animals from different districts like Pabna, Kushtia, Sirajganj, Rajshahi, Chapainawabganj and Chuadanga, the traders said.

The DSCC has set up temporary cattle markets at Meradia Bazar in Khilgaon,  Moitri Shangha Playground, adjoining Railgate Bazar at North Shahjahanpur, Armanytola playground and its adjoining areas, open space outside Kamlapur stadium near the railway station, Jigatala-Hajaribagh ground, beside Leather Engineering College, Rahmatganj Playground at Lalbagh, Dhupkhola East and Club ground, Postogola Shashanghat, Donia College playground at Jatrabari, Shyampur Balurmath at Kadamtoli, Sadek Hossain Khoka Ground and the adjoining free areas of truck terminal at Dholaikhal, Balurmath, adjoining Brothers Union at Gopibagh and Kamrangirchar Islam Chairmanbari, including the Buriganga riverbank embankment.

The DNCC has set up temporary cattle markets at Badda Eastern Housing (Aftab Nagar), Bashundhara residential area, near Khilkhet’s 300 feet road, Bhatara (Sayeed Nagar), Sector 15 of Uttara Residential Model Town’s first circle, Eastern Housing in Mirpur Section-6, open space on the north side of Setu Property Housing of Mirpur DOHS and Bosila Police Lines, near Mohammadpur Buddhijibi Sarak. Sources in the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) said law enforcement agencies will ensure tight security for the city’s 21 cattle markets, traders and buyers ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.

The Detective Branch (DB) of the DMP will work in coordination with the Armed Police Battalion (APBn) and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) to ensure tight security arrangements in the cattle markets of Dhaka, sources said.