Sale of cattle yet to pick up
Published : Sunday, 19 August, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 487
The city dwellers are observing the market and are waiting for a fall in the prices of sacrificial animals before the Eid day. Meanwhile, sacrificial animals have flooded the cattle markets in the capital on Saturday. A number of traders from Sirajganj, Pabna, Rajshahi and Jamalpur in the same market echoed him saying that they also were forced to pay tolls at different points.
Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) estimated that over 2.80 lakh cattle would be sacrificed in the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha to be celebrated on August 22. Cattle traders said sale might increase further in the next two days ahead of Eid when most of the buyers start purchasing sacrificial animals. Yunus Ali, cattle trader come from Kushtia told the Daily Observer, "The cattle markets in the capital looked very busy on Saturday, but the traders said not many cattle were sold."
Many customers could not enter the market and were compelled to buy cattle from the roads through brokers, he added.
While visiting different cattle markets this correspondent found a number of buyers and sellers gathered in all the markets. The traders are not budging on prices.
Yasin Ali from Paribag bought two cows at Tk 112,000. He said the price was much lower than last year.
"I bought similar cows at Tk 65,000 each last year," he said. The buyers preferred locally reared healthy middle-sized cows for sacrifice than the artificially fattened and huge-sized ones.
Atik Hasan, a cattle trader from Manikganj told this correspondent, the cow which was sold at Tk 100,000 last year is selling at Tk 75,000 to Tk 80,000 this year. The farmers are not getting expected price of their cattle this time. Meanwhile, the cattle traders claimed they gave police different amounts of money at four spots on their way to Dhaka on Friday.
Atik said if they refused to pay police, they threatened to take the cattle down from the trucks. Ziaur Rahman, private service holder of Mohammadpur said at Gabtoli permanent cattle market, a medium-size ox was selling at Tk 50,000 to Tk 70,000 on Friday. But its price increased by Tk 5000 to Tk 10,000 on Saturday. The cost of a small size cow was selling Tk 40,000 to Tk 45,000 on Saturday, he added.
Meanwhile, cattle traders expressed satisfaction over installing currency screening machines, taking adequate security measures and patrols round the clock to ensure smooth trading and carrying cattle on the roads and highways. According to the Fisheries and Livestock Ministry, there are now 1.16 crore sacrificial animals in the country for the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha against last year's 1.04 crore.
The Ministry also said there are 44.57 lakh sacrificial cows and buffalos while 71 lakh goats and sheep across the country. The number of healthy sacrificial cows and buffalos is 29.20 lakh while that of goats and sheep is 18.26 lakh. Meanwhile, 25 cattle markets approved by the Dhaka North and Dhaka South city corporations for Eid-ul Azha.