Ctg cattle markets yet to get pace

Dhaka,  Sun,  24 September 2017
Published : 23 Aug 2017, 01:05:02
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Ctg cattle markets yet to get pace

Traders allege extortion
Pankaj Dastider


CHITTAGONG, Aug 22: Sale of sacrificial animals in the port-city cattle markets is yet to gain momentum, as buyers there are still numbered, and most people are waiting for higher supply of cattle from different parts of the country.

Animal-laden trucks from the country's northern districts are every day entering the port-city through City Gate.

Besides, vehicles from Chittagong hill districts are coming through Oxygen, and those from Myanmar, Cox's Bazaar and Bandarban through Shah Amanat Karnaphuli Third Bridge.

Local traders said prices of medium-size bullocks will range from Tk 70,000 to Tk 90,000 each, while the big-size ones will be sold between Tk 1,20,000 and Tk 1,50,000 each. Prices of the cows of healthy and bigger varieties will even go as high as Tk 1,80,000 each.

They said several thousand bullocks have been brought to Bibirhat Cattle Market, Sagorika Cattle Market and other temporary cattle markets from Naogaon, Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj.

Cattle from Kushtia, Dinajpur, Comilla, Bogra and other districts are yet to reach Chittagong markets in a large number.

Besides, supply of animals from local farm owners and households is adequate this year. These are expected to arrive in the cattle markets from Friday next, buyers and sellers at Bibirhat Market said on Tuesday.

A trader from Naogaon said he has brought 136 bullocks in eight trucks over the last three days, while one bullock died after being brought to Chittagong.

However, many of the traders alleged that they are being victims of extortion by law-enforcers, local thugs and political activists at four to five points on the way to Chittagong from North Bengal.

The traders further claimed that they have to pay around Tk 40,000-50,000 to the market authorities concerned for per truck of cattle, which was Tk 17,000-20,000 last year.

Arrival of sacrificial animals from Myanmar is also higher this year compared to last year, media people stationed in Cox's Bazaar said. Trucks, laden with bullocks and goats, are entering the country through Bangladesh-Myanmar border via Cox's Bazar despite obstructions from a section of local people, who are rearing cattle for Eid sale.

Besides, a good number of cattle are coming from Bandarban, Rangamati and Khagrachhari hill districts, which are major cattle-rearing zones in greater Chittagong region.

Local administration officials said the demand of sacrificial animals during this Eid-ul-Azha has been set at 591,000 against last year's demand of 541,000.

The number of locally-reared sacrificial animals is around 500,000, as estimated from reports collected through the farmers of 14 upazilas under Chittagong.

So there will be ample supply of sacrificial animals in the Chittagong markets this year, and their price are likely to remain within the buyers' affordability, they added.

Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) said there are two permanent cattle markets in the port-city - Sagorika Cattle Market and Bibirhat Cattle Market.

Besides, there are six temporary big cattle markets at Steel Mills Bazar, Kamol Mohajon Hat, Karnaphuli Garur Bazar, Saltgola Rail Crossing, Kathgarh Bazar and Postharpar School Ground.

Besides, there are many temporary cattle markets at different road crossings in and around the city, where the smaller-size cattle are available.

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