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Sale of sacrificial animals at city cattle markets yet to pick up

Published : Saturday, 18 August, 2018 at 12:00 AM  Count : 157

Sale of sacrificial animals at the designated places of the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) started on Friday with most of the city dwellers still uninterested to buy them so early. On the other hand, sale will formally begin at the makeshift cattle markets at the Dhaka South City Corporations (DSCC) from Sunday. While visiting different cattle market in the capital this correspondent found, sacrificial animals started arriving in the city's temporary cattle markets. Traders from different parts of the country have started arriving with their cattle-laden trucks.
The rush picked up from Friday morning, but cattle sellers said it would intensify further in the afternoon and continue till early Saturday morning. Despite the rush, the sellers are reluctant to drop prices while the customers hold out hope for prices to fall further resulting in slower cattle sales.

Shakur Ahmed, a cattle trader from Pabna district told the Daily Observer, "We have enough cattle available here. But people are yet to buy those as most of the buyers generally buy cattle at the last moment."
He said, "The prices of the cattle range from Tk 40,000 to Tk 400,000 in our market. The people of all classes will be able to find their expected cows here. Market owners are providing traders with all the facilities, including security, from dawn to dusk with our dedicated volunteers." Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) have set up 25 temporary cattle markets in the capital for Eid-ul-Azha apart from the permanent one at Gabtoli.

Medium-sized animals can be bought for between Tk 50,000 and Tk. 1, 00,000 and the small-sized ones between Tk 45,000 and Tk 55,000. Goats are available for Tk 5,000 to Tk 50,000.This year, most of the animals seem to have been reared at home. At Basila, most cattle are from Manikganj, Dinajpur, Rangpur, Kustia, Savar, Jamalpur, Keraniganj and neighbouring areas. Abdur Rashid, a cattle trader from Kustia, told the Daily Observer, "I have brought 13 cows. Out of which one was sold as of Friday morning. But buyers are yet to respond."
"The price has dropped compared to that of the last year. I hope the price of cattle will go up at the last moment," he said.Yasin Ali, a cattle trader who came from Jessore with 16 medium-sized bulls at Gabtoli cattle in the capital, said he is getting frustrated as the flow of Indian cattle is increasing gradually alongside the increased number of local cattle.

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 cattle 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.

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