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Govt: No import of cattle this year

  • Published at 06:01 pm July 9th, 2020
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File photo: The government usually allows 1,250-1,300 temporary cattle markets across the country. However, the numbers go up to over 2,000, including illegal cattle markets, where hundreds of thousands of people gather Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Bangladesh has enough cows and goats to meet the demand of sacrificial animals during the Eid, says the livestock minister

The government won’t allow import of cattle for sacrificial animals during the Eid-ul-Azha this year, says Fisheries and Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim.

“Under no circumstance, we will allow bringing cattle from abroad this year,” UNB quoted him saying on Thursday while addressing an online meeting.

The minister noted that the government will take all necessary measures to ensure the animal sacrifice in a healthy manner, says the report.

“With a view to protect the environment, all necessary arrangements will be made for marketing and selling of sacrificial animals in a healthy way during Eid-ul-Azha,” the minister said.

He cautioned all to abide by health guidelines at cattle markets and urged to discharge own duties with responsibility and ethics.

Recalling previous experience, Minister Rezaul said, “We want no incident of extortion to happen this year. If animals are sold from farms, the lessee won’t be allowed to collect tolls from there.”

He also assured that there is an adequate supply of cattle to meet the demand of sacrificial animals.

According to the Department of Livestock Services, there is a stock of around 11.8 million of animals this year, he said.

The minister said that 1,200 medical teams will work at the cattle markets to prevent sale of sick cattle and monitoring teams will be formed in coordination with the officials of the ministry.

He also revealed that the authorities are trying to focus on arranging online markets due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.