POST TIME: 11 August, 2019 12:01:55 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 11 August, 2019 01:20:29 PM
Cattle sales boom in Dhaka markets
Cattle prices come down compared to previous days

Cattle sales boom in Dhaka markets

Although the authorities concerned warned that animal sales should not spill over onto streets, the photo shows a road in front of the Tejgaon land registration complex remain off-limits to vehicles yestreday as the street turned into an extension to the Tejgaon cattle market in the capital despite ban. Nazmul Islam Photo

With Eid al-Adha (the ‘Festival of the Sacrifice’) round the corner, sellers of sacrificial animals say that their sales have just boomed as employees of different concerns have got their Eid vacation and are now thronging the ‘qurbani haat’ in large numbers. The Independent went to see three of the bazaars (cattle markets) first-hand yesterday (Saturday), observing that many of the sellers are already happy with the sales. But they also added that they are expecting a surge in sales today (Sunday) as it will be the last day of sale of sacrificial animals.

Sacrificial animals are sold across Dhaka in numerous bazaars ahead of the Eid al-Adha, which will be observed in the country on Monday. A huge number of sacrificial animals were brought to the city’s markets for sale yesterday (Saturday), with buyers turning up in increasing numbers.

Noor Milon, a cow seller in an open space of Eastern Housing at Mirpur 6, said, “Today (Saturday) we faced a large number of customers as sales started surging on Friday.”

“The number of buyers on Friday was more than any other day as makeshift markets started selling cattle on August 4. But the number of transactions doubled yesterday,” a happy Noor told the news outlet as he, his brother and his father have already sold five out of seven bulls in this makeshift market.

Similar to Noor, Omar Ali sold three out of four heads of cattle yesterday. Nurul Amin sold two out of four on the same day in the same cattle market. All of them said that the sale increased yesterday (Saturday) and the day before (Friday).

Leaseholders said the impressive turnout, with the sale of sacrificial animals peaking, was because the asking prices at the markets were a bit lower than on the other days.

Traders said though sales were not satisfactory last week, the vibes at the venues turned festive yesterday (Saturday). Taking advantage of the weekly holiday, people could spend more time at the bazaar. Many of the city dwellers have started thronging the makeshift cattle markets across the city from Friday morning, especially after the Jumma prayers, traders said.

“I have been coming to the same (sacrificial animal) bazaar for the last five years. And compared to the previous years, the sales are better this year after the selling rate increased in the past two days,” said another trader, Hakim Kha.

Hakim brought 12 bulls to the Uttar Shahjahanpur cattle market from Kurigram’s Nageshwari upazila on Monday morning. He could sell only two till Thursday night. Yet, he sold seven of his bulls in the last two days.

Talking to some of the buyers of sacrificial animals, it was learnt that small and medium-sized cows are among the preferred list of the religious Muslims, as they are preferring bulls ranging from Tk. 60,000 to Tk. 80,000.

Shahjahan Khan, while walking away with his Tk.-85,000 cow from Tejgaon cattle market, told this news outlet that though he might get the same cow at a lower price after a day, he preferred making an early purchase as an important part of ‘Kurbani’ (sacrifice) is taking care of the animal.

But as some buyers said, the prices of cows were very high, and they are waiting for the last moment.

On the other hand, goat prices seem reasonable. Jakir Mohammad, a buyer, seemed very happy to buy two goats from Aftabnagar Eastern Housing cattle market. Jakir said, “I have bought two goats for Tk. 32,000 (Tk. 16,000 each). The goats weigh nearly one maund each.”

Abdul Halim, a goat herder, who came from Manikganj said, “The goat price

starts at Tk. 6,000 till Tk. 30,000.” Md Abdul Lotif, a leaseholder of Uttar Shahjahanpur cattle market, said the demand for local cattle was high as usual, and customers this year were more likely to have their expectations fulfilled.

“Cattle imports were lower this year and more local breeders have brought their animals to the markets,” he said, adding that every day, over 7,000 heads of cattle were being brought to the market.

According to the Department of Livestock Services (DLS), the number of sacrificial animals in the country for this year’s Eid–ul-Azha is 1.7 crore—a slight increase from last year’s 1.6 crore.

According to sources in the two City Corporations, some 25 makeshift cattle markets were set up in the capital under Dhaka North and South City Corporations (DNCC and DSCC), up from 22 last year. The DSCC has hosted 14 cattle markets, while the DNCC has accommodated the other 11.

The cattle markets under the DSCC are located at the Meradia Bazar Playground, the open spaces of Dhupkhola playground, No. 41 Kawartek playground, the open spaces of Amulia Model Town, Aftabnagar Eastern Housing Dawkandi Endulia, Maitree Shangho playground, Shyampur Balur Math, No. 32 Shamsabad playground, Hazaribagh field at Zigatola, Lalbagh Rahmatganj playground, Chairman Bari intersection in Kamrangirchar, Gopibagh Balur Math, the open spaces adjacent to Kamalapur Stadium and the open space of ShanirAkhra-Daniya playground.

The cattle markets under the DNCC are at: the open space in Kawla-Shialdanga, Uttara-10 Sluice Gate to Kamarpara Bridge, the open spaces on north side of Mirpur DOHS, the open spaces of Dhaka Polytechnic Institute, the open spaces of Shahidnagar Housing in Uttarkhan, Badda Eastern Housing (Aftabnagar), the open spaces of Eastern Housing at Mirpur- 6, Khilkhet Banorupa Residential Project, the open spaces near Bridges No. 1 and 2 at Uttara Sector 15, Vatara (Sayed Nagar), the open spaces adjacent to Mohammadpur Intellectual Road and the open spaces on both sides of the 300-feet road of Khilkhet.