The digital cattle hats are offering different offers including free home delivery and meat-processing services to boost the sales of sacrificial animals ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.
Many buyers now prefer buying sacrificial animals online in fear of coronavirus transmission in traditional cattle markets. However, there is no option to negotiate the prices on e-commerce platforms.The government has also set up a digital cattle hat to facilitate online cattle trade and discourage public gatherings in makeshift cattle markets.
Online platforms are offering sacrificial animals – cow, goat, sheep, camel and dumba -- in different indicators of age, weight, teeth as well as price ranges.
Digitalhaat.net, an online platform set up under the government’s initiative, has already started selling cattle in Dhaka and set to offer countrywide services from today (Tuesday).
Private-sector e-commerce platforms including Daraz, Evaly, AjkerDeal, PriyoShop, AmardeshEshop have launched special offers on cattle while traditional meat sellers – Bengal Meat, Sadeeq Agro also integrated online services amid growing demand.
Bengal Meat is offering a qurbani package for customers based in Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet cities.
For Dhaka city, processed meat will be delivered on the second, third and fourth day of Eid-ul-Azha in chilled condition, according to the website of the firm.The concept of selling cattle or sacrificial animals was introduced in our country through the e-commerce platform AmardeshEshop almost eight years ago.
“We continued online sells of sacrificial animals. Our concept is to connect the customers with the farmers to provide them a taste of buying domestic cattle. Our platform is targeting the demand from middle classes” Sadequa Rahman Sejuti, founder of AmardeshEshop, told the Daily Sun.
Ecommerce platform Daraz is selling local and foreign cattle with delivery facilities to major cities of Dhaka and Chattogram.
Evaly offers refrigerators as freebies on cattle purchases from the platform under its ‘buy one get one’ campaign.
PriyoShop.com is also selling goats and cows in different price ranges ahead of Eid-ul-Azha. “The response in the cattle sales is different this year due to the pandemic situation. The orders for goats are comparatively higher this year,” PriyoShop chief executive officer Asikul Alam Khan told the Daly Sun.
Eid-ul-Azha will be celebrated in Bangladesh on July 21.