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29 May, 2020 04:08:03 PM / LAST MODIFIED: 29 May, 2020 04:57:09 PM
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Cattle farmers in fiasco over pricey fodder, bleak prospect of Eid-ul-Azha sale

Anisur Rahman Khan, Dhaka
Cattle farmers in fiasco over pricey fodder, bleak prospect of Eid-ul-Azha sale
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Both seasonal farmers and cattle farm owners, engaged in fattening cattle eyeing to sell them as sacrifice animals, are facing a great problem due to high prices of fodders including cattle cakes.

As a result, at least six lakh registered farmers in the country have been facing such crisis and said they have never seen such high prices of cattle feed.

If the prices of cattle feed do not fall, they will have to face huge losses, they added. Besides, they are also fear that, if the current situation protracts due to coronavirus, the farmers won’t able to sell their sacrificial animals in the market.

According to Department of Livestock Services (DLS), about 1.10 crore cattle are needed as sacrificial animals for Eid-ul-Azha in the country.

The farm owners and cattle farmers have said that at least cattle fodder became pricey by Tk 5-15/kg in the country. 

According to cattle farmers, wheat bran is being sold at Tk 40-45 per kg, gram bran at Tk 60-65, anchor bran at Tk 45-50, lentil bran at Tk 40-45, rice bran at Tk 15-20, cattle cake (mustard and soya) at Tk 35-40 and different brands of feed between Tk 35-40 per kg.

While talking to The Independent, some cattle farmers of Tangail, Pabna, Sirajganj, Manikganj and Dhaka have expressed their deep concern over the high prices of cow feed and uncertainty of COVID-19 situation. They are also scared about their investment in this sector and apprehended if the present situation prolongs they will have to face huge loss.

Normally many farmers have taken short-term cow fattening projects on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha across the country every year.

Mahmudur Rahman, a marginal farmer of Tangail said that he bought five cows in February and has been fattening them, hoping some profit after selling them during Eid-ul-Azha.

“I am not sure whether I could sell my cows as the deadly virus situation has been continuing with lockdown,” he said in reply to a query.

Md Ghani, another cattle farmer of Pabna said, he is fattening 100 cows on the occasion of upcoming Eid-ul-Azha. 

Every year he fattened 50-100 cows in every year, but this year he feared to sell the cows.

“Five people are working in my farm. Besides, some other people are also supplying cow feed on a daily basis on contract. I will have to count huge losses if I failed to sell these cows,” he said in reply to a query.

He invested over Tk 1 crore in this sector, he added.

The demands for sacrificial animals have been met with country’s domestic animals for the last three years, Dr. Abdul Jabbar Sikder, Director General of DLS told this correspondent.

He observed that farmers apprehend that if the COVID-19 situation lasts till Eid-ul-Azha, then cows will not be sold and in that case, they will have to face huge losses.

“We are also victims of the current situation in the world. People have no hand behind the situation and many developed nations are also facing the same problem,” he said in reply to a query.

Regarding high price of cow feed, he replied, “Various varieties of grass have been developed to solve the problem of cattle feed. So, farmers can rely on grass without putting too much emphasis on granular food.”

The registered cattle farmers were 4.73 lakh in 2018 and over 5.77 lakh in 2019 across the country, he added.

According to Dr Sikder, a total of 11,788,563 sacrificial animals were prepared for last year’s Eid-ul-Azha. Of them, 2,733,665 were cattle, 88,448 buffaloes, 1,753,672 goats, 256,038 sheep and 6,563 other animals like camels and dumba (fat-tailed sheep) were readied for sacrificial purposes under the fattening programme for Eid-ul-Azha in commercial farms. The rest of the sacrificial animals includes 15,46,360 non-productive cows and buffaloes and 52,73,858 goats and sheep.

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