POST TIME: 20 August, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 19 August, 2018 11:54:41 PM
High prices rule most cattle markets in capital

High prices rule most cattle markets in capital

A large number of sacrificial animals are brought to the Colony Bazar cattle market adjacent to the Registration Complex at Tejgaon in the capital yesterday, three days before Eid-ul-Azha. The supply is expected to increase further as ferry services on the Shimulia-Kewrakandi route resumed yesterday ending a weeklong congestion. Independent photo

The sacrificial animal markets in the capital are yet to acquire momentum though formal selling began yesterday, as the cattle traders are asking steep prices for their animals. Visits to different sacrificial markets showed that the cattle traders are asking high prices compared to last year—around Tk. 20,000–Tk. 50,000 per animal—depending on the size.

The demand for small-sized animals is high compared to large-sized sacrificial animals in 21 temporary city markets, including Gabtoli permanent market. The city corporations have set up 21 temporary cattle markets on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha, which will be celebrated on August 22.

Meanwhile, animals of different sizes—camels, ‘dumbas’ (sheep) and goats—arrived in different city markets, including the one at Gabtoli, one of the biggest cattle markets in Dhaka.

However, many cattle-laden trucks were stranded because of traffic snarls on the Dhaka-Tangail-Mymensingh highways, including at the Paturia-Dawlatdia and Shimulia-Kathalbari ferry terminals.

“It is very difficult to buy sacrificial animals with our limited budget as the traders are asking high prices. It exceeds our capacity. The prices are absolutely excessive compared to last year,” Ataur Rahman, a bank official and a resident of Kalyanpur, told this correspondent yesterday (Sunday).

The traders are asking for Tk. 60,000 for a small-sized animal. Such an animal sold for Tk. 40,000 last year, he said in reply to a query.

Another buyer, Ruhul Amin—a government official and a resident of Tolarbagh—said he would not be able to buy his sacrificial animal if the price is not lowered. “I have decided to buy an animal within Tk. 70,000. But the traders are seeking Tk. 100,000 for an animal, the kind of which we bought for Tk. 70,000 last year,” he rued.

Solim Uddin, a cattle trader of Kushtia, explained, “The prices of animals are a little high compared to last year because of various reasons. The prices of animal feeds are very high. As a result, farmers had to spend huge amounts to rear their animals.” He also said it was very difficult to predict whether the market price would decline in the next two days.

According to the Department of Livestock Services, some 1.10 crore sacrificial animals would be required this year. Commercial farm owners and individual farmers, however, have prepared over 1.15 crore sacrificial animals this year.

The Dhaka South City Corporation 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, the open space outside Kamlapur stadium near the railway station, Jigatala-Hajaribagh ground (next to 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

the truck terminal at Dholaikhal, Balurmath (adjoining Brothers Union at Gopibagh and Kamrangirchar Islam Chairmanbari), including the Buriganga riverbank embankment.

The Dhaka North City Corporation 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.