Cattle markets in the industrial city and nine upazilas of Khulna district are now humming with customers as people from both the city and adjacent areas are rushing there to purchase their sacrificial animals as only a few hours left for Eid-ul-Azha, BSS reports.
Cattle traders from Jessore, Narail, and other districts are joining the markets with their finest sacrificial animals expecting better profit.
According to the Department of Livestock Services (DLS), about two lakhs sacrificial animals have already been stocked in the cattle markets whereas this year's demand is one and half lakh. As a result, price of the cattle is comparatively cheap.
After visiting Kharnia cattle market under Dumuria upazila in the district and Zoragate cattle market in the city yesterday and today morning, this correspondent found that the prices of sacrificial animals starts from Taka 50,000 to 4,000,00.
Customers also expressed their satisfaction over the quality and price while purchasing their sacrificial animals.
Market operators said besides the local buyers, the wholesale cattle traders continued to send livestock at the markets in the city and nine upazilas of the district from different parts of the country.
Bazar Super of KCC Md Salahuddin said KCC earned Taka 1.74 crore selling over 10,000 cattle last year at KCC's Zoragate makeshift cattle market.
He expressed hope that KCC will earn over Taka 2 crore from selling over 14,000 sacrificial animals this year.
Officials said the 9 upazilas of the district installed a total of 25 cattle markets.
Khulna District Livestock Officer Sayed Md Anwarul Islam told BSS, a total of 1,12,781 sacrificial animals were sold before Eid-ul-Azha last year.
He hoped that selling of sacrificial animals may be crossed 1, 20,000 this year.
Markets operators installed adequate currency screening machines at all the cattle markets while police said steps were taken to ensure required security in the market places.