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Cattle markets in city abuzz with sellers, buyers  

Published : Monday, 20 August, 2018 at 12:00 AM  Count : 153

The city dwellers have started to buy sacrificial animals from cattle markets in the capital as only days are left for Eid-ul-Azha. While visiting different cattle market in the capital this correspondent found the cattle sell were increased on Sunday. The city dwellers were buying both cow and goat while demand for small and medium size cow is high.
The prices of cows at the cattle markets in Dhaka have been observed to be higher than in the previous year, though the supply was moderate. Cattle owners and businessmen said the prices of cows are on the rise as the prices of cattle food are rising.

The small cattle prices ranged between Tk 45,000 and Tk 60,000 while goats were available in between Tk 8,000 and Tk 40,000 at Gabtali. Romij Ussin, a cattle trader at Gabtoli cattle market from Dinajpur, said he bought 20 cows from Dinajpur and sold 10 on Sunday. Abdur Rahman, a government service holder from Segun Bagicha told the Daily Observer at Khilgoan cattle market, despite availability of huge sacrificial animals in the markets, prices are much higher than that of the past year.

However, Anwarur Islam, a buyer from Dhanmondi area told the Daily Observer at Gabtoli cattle market, he bought a medium cow at Tk 57,000 from the market on Sunday.   He said last year he bought similar cattle at Tk 70,000.
Meanwhile, the supply of cattle is more than adequate to meet the Eid demand, but traders worry about transporting them to the capital and other big cities on time as many highways are in bad shape.  

A few traders of the market said it was blessing for all of us that there are fewer number of Indian cattle produced in the market than previous year which will encourage locals to rear more animals. Veterinarians are performing physical test on cattle and other animals to maintain healthy practices in the cattle markets. Animal loaded trucks are entering Dhaka city every day from across the country. Fisheries and Livestock Minister Narayan Chandra Chanda said on Sunday nearly 6 lakh cattle are excess against the demand.

He said, this year the number of sacrifice able cattle is 1.16 crore. In against the demand of cattle is one crore 10 lakh.
But the process of fattening cattle has increased this year than the previous. So the Livestock Department has claimed that they need not to depend on neighboring country's cattle this year. He said, "We are self sufficient to supply animals. It is our own production. No animal will enter in the country illegally, it was decided in inter ministerial meeting. Direction was given to BGB from the Home Ministry in that way."

He also said they have taken initiative to stop use of steroid. They have also informed people about demerits of steroid use. Following the steps steroid use has stopped in farm owner level. Strong surveillance was done over steroid use on the wholesalers who bought cattle one month earlier of Eid and raised those.

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