No sacrificial animal is being allowed from the neighbouring countries to ensure fair prices for the local farmers ahead of Eid-ul-Azha, said Fisheries and Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim Monday.
"We're not allowing any cattle from Myanmar or India either through legal or illegal channels. If the local farmers do not get fair prices for their cattle, they would lose interest to be entrepreneurs, which will slow down the rural economy," he said.He made the remarks while inaugurating an online marketplace of sacrificial animals from char areas virtually from his residence in the city.
E-commerce platform valokini.com and non-government organisation Gana Unnayan Kendra jointly arranged the digital marketplace "Charanchaler Garur Online Haat."
SM Rezaul Karim said, "An online platform for selling and buying sacrificial animals can be very effective amid the ongoing Covid-19 situation while ensuring fair prices for farmers of char areas."
"The government has stepped forward to make sure that cattle farmers and owners in mainland and char areas can get fair prices for their sacrificial animals," he added.