The marginal farmers in Cox’s Bazar fail to make profits due to the illegal imports
Ignoring the government’s curbs, some traders have imported sacrificial animals from Myanmar this year causing sufferings to the local farmers in Cox’s Bazar.
The local farmers had 173,519 cattle in stock ahead of Eid-ul-Azha against the local demand of 165,000.
However, the marginal farmers have failed to make profits due to the arrival of cows and buffaloes from Myanmar as well as the worsening Covid situation in the country.
Shah Alam, a farmer from Sonaichhari village in Ukhiya, said that the price of cow feed was unusually high this year compared to other years.
“Due to the lockdown, the price of everything went up. Even after all this, I made sure my cattle were ready to be sold ahead of the Eid,” he said.
Mintu Sarkar, a cattle farmer from Kharulia area of the Sadar upazila, said: "The farm has 24 bulls ready for sacrifice. Each of them costs from Tk2.5-3 lakh. But we have suffered due to the arrival of cows from Myanmar.”
Md Fahad, general secretary of Cox's Bazar Sadar Dairy Association, said that farmers in Cox's Bazar district wait all year round to sell cows on Eid-ul-Azha. However, they suffered losses this year due to the lockdown and the arrival of cows from Myanmar.
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Cox's Bazar Livestock Officer Dr Asim Baran Sen admitted that the local farmers had incurred losses due to the arrival of the cows from Myanmar.
He added that a committee, set up at the inter-ministerial level, decided not to import any animals from Myanmar this year.
On July 5, the government stopped importing cattle from Myanmar considering the losses of farmers in the country. Following the decision, the import of cattle from Myanmar stopped for only a day.
On July 9, members of the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) sent back a trawler loaded with cattle from Myanmar.