RAJSHAHI: With only two days left for Eid-ul-Azha, sacrificial animal sale reached its peak as the cattle markets here have been witnessing plenty supply of local animals.
While visiting different cattle markets this correspondent found buyers’ preference for local animals’ as they are reluctant to buy artificially fattened sacrificial animals for sound health concerns. Moreover native animals were seen dominating the cattle markets than imported ones, reports BSS.Atiqur Rahman Kalu, Lease Holder of City Hat, said the cattle markets here are witnessing a record supply of sacrificial animals as farmers boosted up local animal production to meet its growing demand during Eid season.
He mentioned that both in rural and urban areas, the poor and marginalized people including women have achieved tremendous successes in animal production sector getting various assistances from the government and development partners.
Rajshahi City Corporation allowed installation of eight makeshift cattle markets in the city which has already began to draw huge cattle, including imported ones from India.
Traders said there were plenty of supplies of cattle in the markets and the prices were similar to the previous Eid-ul-Azha. The price of an ideal sized cow or buffalo starts from Tk 30,000 to 80,000 and a sheep or goat can be purchased from Tk 5,000 to 25,000 as per its size.
In addition to the city’s biggest cattle market-City haat, some temporary markets have been set up at Court Bazaar, Shaheb Bazaar Zero point, Railway Station, Court Station, Naodapara Aam Chattar and Kazla.
Meanwhile, currency-screening machines were installed in cattle markets in the city and nine upazilas of the district for resisting the use of fake notes on the occasion of holy Eid.Hafiz Akter, Commissioner of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP), told journalists that all-out security measures were taken to ensure law and order in and around the cattle markets.
“Besides, we have introduced a special traffic management system to ease traffic congestion around cattle markets in the city,” he pointed out.
RMP installed temporary security camps at every cattle market here, RMP chief said, adding patrol teams and plainclothes police would also be deployed.