Local cattle, higher prices dominate sacrificial animal markets
Published : Tuesday, 21 August, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 287
The sale of sacrificial animals has picked up from Monday afternoon with the asking prices remain high in the makeshift cattle markets in the city.
Traders said the buyers are looking for local cows for sacrifice as the meat tastes better than that of the cows imported from India or Myanmar.
Besides, there is a prevalence of diseases in the imported cows. So, people prefer local cows to safely offer those in sacrifice, they added.
As many as 25 cattle markets have been set up in the capital. Of them, 15 markets have been set up in Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and 10 in Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha, which will be celebrated on Wednesday August 22.
Sources said, majority of the sacrificial animals comes from the Southern and Northern parts of the country or India or Myanmar and are transported by roads and waterways.
Anisur Rahman, a businessman of Agargoan, told the Daily Observer, the prices of cattle have suddenly increased on Monday.
While the cattle traders said the sharp increase in the prices of fodder and higher transportation costs have led to the increase in the prices of sacrificial animals this year.
Although the trend of sale is low, the cattle traders are hoping that the sale of animals will increase in the next day.
While visiting different cattle markets in the capital on Monday a number of cattle, goats, sheep, camels, and buffaloes were seen up for grabs. A large number of Indian and Myanmar cattle are being sold in different markets in the capital.
On Monday, the small sized cow was selling at Tk 50,000 to Tk 60,000, it was Tk 45,000 to Tk 55,000 three days ago. A medium sized cow at Tk 70,000 to Tk 90,000 on Monday, which was Tk 60,000 to Tk 80,000 last week.
A large size cow was selling at Tk 100,000 to Tk 10,000,00. Some buyers are looking for camels and buffaloes for sacrifice.
The medium sized goat was selling at Tk 15,000 to Tk 30,000 and big size was selling at Tk 30,000 to Tk 50,000 in the capital.
Altab Hossain, a cattle trader at the Dhupkhola cattle market, told this correspondent, the sales of cattle have picked up in the makeshift markets on Monday. He sold five cows till Monday noon at Tk 130,000 each. He has three more cows to sell.
Monirul Islam, a resident of Hazipara who came to visit a local cattle market at Aftabnagar, said the prices of cattle were very high compared to the previous week.