Sales of sacrificial animals gathering pace in Rajshahi

Dhaka,  Wed,  20 September 2017
Published : 23 Aug 2017, 21:51:05

Sales of sacrificial animals gathering pace in Rajshahi

Our Correspondent

RAJSHAHI, Aug 23: The sales and bargaining of sacrificial animals at various cattle markets have been geared up ahead of Eid-ul-Azha. Cattle traders said despite import of a significant number of Indian cattlehead, cattle markets are flooded with locally bred and reared cattle and goats.

Although there was a massive supply of cattlehead at Rajshahi City haat, there was not sufficient number of customers at the haat yet. Cattle traders at this haat have complained they were charging a low price of cattleheads because of low turnout of customers while customers at the haat, on the other hand, were complaining the price of sacrificial animals this year was a bit higher compared to previous years.

Rajshahi City haat situated beside the bypass highway is the largest cattle haat of the district. Cattle traders and customers from all around the country visit this haat for a suitable bargain. Though the haat is generally held on Sunday and Wednesday in the week, due to ensuing Eid, the haat is now held daily.

After visiting the haat on Tuesday, this correspondent found a huge supply of locally bred and reared cattleheads and goats. Although there was a small supply of Indian smuggled cattle and buffaloes, demands of locally bred and reared cattle and goats were the most.

Abdul Quddus, a cattle trader of Gogaram area under Godagari upazila, said he had carried four locally bred cattle at the haat of which two have been sold. But, he complained, the price of cattle heads was lower as per expectation of the cattle rearers and cattle traders this year compared to last years. He further informed, this year a sacrificial bull or a calf is being sold by estimating Tk 17,000 to Tk 18,000 per maund  of flesh derived from it after processing and slaughtering.

Mahbub, a buffalo trader, the price of sacrificial animals this year was a bit lower. Moreover, the turnout of customers at various haats of the district was also very low. He opined, due to flood, higher price of essentials and economic insolvency, many people this year will not be able to purchase cattleheads for sacrificial purposes. He added, large cattleheads being sold estimating Tk 17,000 to Tk 18,000 per maund while a calf is being sold estimating Tk 20,000 per maund.

Atikur Rahman, a leasee of the haat said, supply of Indian cattleheads was scanty this year and there was a sufficient number of locally reared cattle heads but the number of customers was very low here. However, he hoped, the number of customers would increase as the Eid approaching.

One of the cattle traders at the haat also said most of Indian cattle are carried to Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet because in those region there are many comparatively well off people and they like to sacrifice large cattle. He further said the price of Indian cattle was also higher and, in addition to the price of the cattle, it costs further Tk 3,000 for each cow as charge. As a result, local cattle traders are reluctant to bring Indian cattlehead in local haat.

Cattle traders complained the haat was large and spacious but both the traders and customers face utter misery at the cattle market because the garbage dumped by city corporation beside the bypass road are spread all over the haat and thus making the environment unfit for trading.
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