The government has decided to bar the entry of cattle from India ahead of Eid-ul-Azha for protecting the interest of the livestock farmers and related business people of the country.
The government has taken the decision as there are more sacrificial animals available in the country than the possible demand ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.The decision came from an inter-ministerial meeting with State Minister for Fisheries and Livestock Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru with the chair held at the Secretariat on Tuesday.
Eid-ul-Azah may be celebrated across the country on August 12 this year depending on the moon-sighting of the month of Zilhaj.
Anticipating a total of 1 crore 10 lakh sacrificial animals would be required ahead of Eid-ul-Azha this year, the ministry said there are 8 lakh more sacrificial animals available in the country, according to a press release.
“There is a stock of 1 crore 18 lakh sacrificial animals in the country at present. A total of 1 crore 10 lakh animals might be sacrificed during Eid-ul-Azah this year as a total of 1 crore 5 lakh animals were sacrificed last year,” the released said.
The ministry also informed that the authorities have taken necessary steps to ensure the supply of healthy sacrificial animals in the markets and tighten the security.