Sacrificial animals start arriving in Rajshahi cattle markets much ahead of Eid-ul-Azha

Dhaka,  Sat,  23 September 2017
Published : 03 Aug 2017, 21:00:51

Sacrificial animals start arriving in Rajshahi cattle markets much ahead of Eid-ul-Azha

Our Correspondent

RAJSHAHI, Aug 3: Sacrificial animals have started arriving at cattle markets of Rajshahi much ahead of the Eid-ul Azha. But the sale is yet to be statrted.

Rajshahi City Haat, Mochmoil Haat, Mohisalbari Haat, Naohata Haat, Kakon Haat, Kesor Haat, Bhawaniganj Haat and Baneswar Haat are the most popular cattle markets of the town. People related with these haat said cattle traders have already started keeping sacrificial animals in various animal-sheds near the haats while others were transporting to Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet. Authority of the Rajshahi City Haat said most of the cattlehead being carried there belonged to local breed. They said a large number of locally breed and reared cattlehead is likely to occupy the cattle haats this year. With the restriction of importing cattlehead from India for couples of years, many cattle farms were established in the country and cattlehead reared in those farms are now flooding the local haats and markets.

Anil Chandra, a cattle trader at Banewar Haat informed, there was adequate supply of sacrificial animals in cattle markets in Rajshahi but the selling has not yet been started since the wholesale cattle traders from Dhaka, Sylhet and Chittagong are yet to arrive here. Local customers of cattle at the haats being scanty in number and the price being lower than the expectation, many cattle traders at Baneswar haat were seen to take back their cattle home. However, the bargaining of goats and sheep was seen gearing up at this haat.

Atikur Rahman Kalu (45), a cattle trader at Rajshahi City Haat said it is not time to comment whether prices of cattlehead will be increased or decreased this year.

Lease holder of Naohata Cattle Haat Hafizur Rahman said the traders are inviting the cattle owners through microphones to supply animals in the haat. He said goats are being sold at comparatively low prices.  

Abdullah of Rajshahi Court area who was visiting Rajshahi city haat to purchase a cowtold this correspondent, it was very risky now -a- days to consume beef and even mutton, because most of those animals are being fattened by feeding them chemical- mixed fodder. He demanded intervention of law enforcement agencies  to take action to stop such illegal practice of fattening cow and goat.  

It is learnt during the last Eid-ul-Azha, prices of sacrificial cattle were low and many cattle rearers did not sell their animals and took those back to their farms. Based on their bitter experience last year, local cattle farm owners and cattle rearers were trying to sell their cattlehead well ahead of gearing up sales and bargaining.
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