Sales of sacrificial animals picked up at different cattle markets in the capital on Saturday, two days before the Eid-al-Azha festival, have brought smiles to the traders.
Demand of medium sized cattle was particularly high, while most buyers searched for locally raised cattles not those smuggled in from neighbouring India.While visiting different cattle markets in the capital, this correspondent saw a large number of cow, goat, sheep, camel, and buffalo.
The authorities have taken tight security measures in and around the cattle markets.
Traders from different parts of the country, including Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet, Barisal, Kushtia, Meherpur, Rajshahi, Sirajganj, Meherpur, Rangpur, Bogra, Chuadanga, Pabna, Jessore and Khulna, brought sacrificial animals to the markets.
Some buyers said traders have been asking higher price for their cattle.
However, traders said they are asking higher price, but it is not their expected price.
Most traders said they have invested huge money in raising cattle this year in the hope of making good profit.Prices of sacrificial animals are little higher this year, according to traders and sources.
Cattle traders Julfakir, who came to cattle market at Eastern Housing Cattle Maket at Badda, told daily sun that he sold a cow weighing about 215 kg for Tk 75,000 and another cow weighing about 235 for Tk72,000.
Cattle trader Rofiqul, who came to the cattle market from Gangni of Meherpur, told daily sun that he has brought 15 cattle and 10 of them were sold.
“I got expected price on Saturday. Sale will rise more on Sunday, the last day before,” Rofiqul said.
Buyer Samad told daily sun that he wanted to buy a three-mound cow at Tk 50,000, but traders are asking higher price for such an animal. “I have to spend more money to buy the desired cattle,” he added.
Selling and buying of sacrificial animals have already gained momentum at the temporary markets in the city and will continue till Eid day.
A total of 14 cattle markets have been set up in the areas under Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and 9 under Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC).