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Cattle traders on move as Eid-ul-Azha approaches

Published : Thursday, 4 July, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 173

A cattle farm in Kushtia.

A cattle farm in Kushtia.

Cattle farmers (Khamari) are passing busy time ahead of the Eid-ul-Azha across the country fattening animals and planning how and where to sell their possession to traders.
Traders are on move to cash on brisk business as Eid-ul-Azha, the feast of sacrifice is coming closer.
Particularly farmers have made lot of investment and put labor to fatten cattle and other animals keeping eyes on this occasion for big business. They are particularly worrying if they will get fair price and whether illegal Indian arrivals will jeopardize their business.
Smugglers bring cattle from India in huge number on this occasion and even influential people in the border belt indulge in the informal trade to glut the market with huge supply. Farmers have to incur the loss.
The Eid-ul-Azha is not far away, it is set to be celebrated on 12 August subject to the sighting of the moon. This is the second biggest religious festival for the Muslims.
Fisheries and Livestock Ministry sources said, over 1.16 crore sacrificial animals are now in the custody of farmers for sale in the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha. It includes 44.57 lakh sacrificial cattle and buffalos, besides 71 lakh goats and sheep.
The figure this year is higher than last year's figure estimated at 1.04 crore. Many veterinary teams are watching the situation at the field level to prevent use of steroid and chemicals in fodders for fattening. But plugging the wrong practice seems to be almost impossible.  
Official sources said there has been a sharp rise in livestock production in the country in recent years. It started to reduce dependence on supply from the neighboring countries during Eid-ul-Azha when at many occasion poor supply would send prices exorbitantly up.
But soon local farmers increasingly turn to cattle fattening as a domestic business at most places throughout the country.
One farmer told The Daily Observer that they earned good profit last year. But a surge in the cost of animal feed is causing them trouble, in addition the fear of huge arrival of Indian animal in the market. He said most farmers have no access to bank loan making fattening further difficult.   
Abu Taher, a farmer from Dinajpur district said he has been in fattening business since 1974. He started with 4/5 animals but now has a total of 50 to 55 animals. He said he is ready with the stock for Eid-ul-Fitr market and feel shaky how the market will behave.

According to government statistics, the country has over 2.54 crore cows and buffalos, 2.93 crore goats and sheep, totaling an animal population of 5.47 crore and a big part of it will come on offer for sale during the Eid festival.  

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