The government has launched an online marketplace of sacrificial animals ahead of Eid-ul Azha to discourage traditional cattle markets amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Division has developed the digital marketplace as part of the ‘Food for Nation’ programme, said a handout on Tuesday.The ‘Food for Nation’ is the flagship programme by the Innovation Design and Entrepreneurship Academy (iDEA) project of Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) to reach agricultural products to the doorsteps of people amid the corona pandemic.
Departments of Agricultural Extension and Agricultural Marketing have collaborated with private partners to provide logistics support for the online marketplace.
Cattle and goat farmers and general livestock traders across the country can upload product details to the online marketplace to attract customers beyond the border.
Regarding the initiative, State Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak said the Food for Nation platform is hosting the largest digital market for sacrificial animals in the country.
“We have taken this initiative to help mitigate the financial loss of the cattle farmers as well as containing the spread of coronavirus from traditional cattle markets. I encourage cattle farmers and ranchers all over the country to join this platform,” he added.
Sellers can post the details of their cattle including photos and videos in the platform (foodfornation.gov.bd/qurbani2020). Buyers will be able to purchase cattle directly through the portal.Besides, customers can directly communicate with cattle farmers, ranchers, or traders. Different logistic platforms including TruckLagbe, Shohoz, Pathao will do the transportation of the animals.
After registration, cattle sellers will have to upload pictures, videos, and other information on the cattle they are trying to sell. The government will advertise all these pictures and information through websites and social media at its own expense.