A huge number of sacrificial animals have been brought to the city’s markets for sale
The cattle markets in Dhaka have started to gain momentum with buyers turning up in increased numbers, ahead of the holy Eid-ul-Azha to be observed in the country on Monday.
A huge number of sacrificial animals have been brought to the city’s markets for sale. The farmers and traders claimed that the Dhaka dwellers always buy cattle just a day or two before the Eid.
Although buying and selling of the sacrificial animals were not good in the past few days, the city dwellers have started to throng the makeshift cattle markets across the city from last morning, especially after the Jumma prayers.
While paying visits to the cattle markets in the city’s Shahjahanpur and Kamalapur areas, it was found that the supply of local cows, and goats were aplenty.
Talking to some of the buyers and sellers of sacrificial animals, it was learnt that small and medium-sized cows are among the choice list of the religious Muslims, as they are preferring bulls ranging from Tk60,000 to Tk80,000.
According to the Local Government Division sources, some 24 cattle markets have been set up in the capital in different areas from Wednesday, while buying and selling of animals would continue in those markets till before the Eid day.
However, some buyers alleged that the asking prices at the markets were a bit higher.
Shahjahanpur cattle market coordinator Abdul Latif told Dhaka Tribune that they have a lot of cows and goats in their makeshift market. Of those, most were medium and small in size which is preferred by most of the middle income people.
“Although the sale was low in the last few days, it will start increasing from today (Friday),” he said.
Mahbubur Rahman, a caretaker of the Kamlapur market also opined the same.
According to the Department of Livestock Services (DLS), the demand for this year is more than one crore cattle across the country. Some 11,788,563 animals have been prepared to meet the needs.
An official of the DLS said that there is no chance of animal crisis this year.
‘Bahubali’, weighting around 31 mounds, and 'Bahadur' weighting around 28 maunds, were brought for sale at Kamalapur cattle market. The seller was asking for Tk14 lakh, and Tk13 lakh respectively for those.
'F&F Agro Farm' of Sirajganj’s Shahjadpur reared the two giant bulls. Md Rasel, a farmer of the farm told Dhaka Tribune that they brought a total of 8 cows, and one ox this time. "We have nurtured them for almost five years. These are the two largest cows in our farm," he said.
Motijheel police station Sub-Inspector (SI) Sujon Chandra Ray, who was on duty at the police camp in the Kamalapur cattle market, said the law and order situation was under control. "We did not face any problem yet."
Meanwhile, the city corporations have provided money checking machines at each of the market.
Besides, the veterinary doctors are examining the health of the cows, goats, and buffaloes at the entrance of the cattle market.
At Shahjahanpur cattle market, Dr Sumi Chowdhury, upazila livestock officer, said that they were providing all sort of support to the cattle farmers.
"Some cattle have been suffering from fever due to the rain. Some were suffering from gastric and loose motion. We provided them with medicine," she said.
However, traders and farmers claimed that E-commerce platforms have gained traction in the sale of sacrificial cattle, with over a dozen such platforms popping up in the last few years. Bikroy.com, Bengal Meat Processing Industries, and daraz.com are some of the e-commerce platforms that are offering the facilities.
Many buyers now prefer choosing animals for Eid-ul-Azha through online platforms, in order to avoid the hassle of travelling to the haat (market).
The e-commerce sites allow customers to buy their cattle online, and have it delivered straight to their doorsteps. Some of the sites also provide slaughtering and meat processing services, as well as giving the assurance that no hormone injections were used on the animal.
The online platforms provide detailed information on the animals, including price, size, and breed, as well as pictures.