Sacrificial animals have started arriving in the city’s 19 cattle markets under two city corporations seven days ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.
A large number of cow, goat, sheep, camel, dumba and buffalo were seen in the capital’s cattle markets on Tuesday. Many buyers were also seen visiting the markets while some also bought cattle.Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) have leased out 18 cattle markets in the city. Cattle are also being traded in Gabtoli’s permanent cattle market.
Traders from across the country started to arrive with their cattle in the city on Monday while the number of cattle traders has increased on Tuesday.
Traders said a large number of cattle will arrive after easing the lockdown from July 14.
“Buyers of sacrificial animals are now mostly visiting the markets to get an idea about cattle price,” said Hasim, a cattle trader at Mirpur Section-6 cattle market. He said though a small number of cattle are also being sold now, cattle trade will start in full swing from July 17.
“Traders are asking higher price this year,” said Rafiqul Islam, who was visiting Mirpur Section-6 cattle market on Tuesday.
Rajib, a cattle trader from Kushtia, brought 10 cattle at Mirpur Section-6 cattle market. He said buyers are now only visiting the market; sales will increase with Eid day approaching. He, however, sold two of his cattle on Tuesday.Many people are also purchasing cattle from online platforms to avoid coronavirus contamination.
According to sources, more than 1.05 lakh cattle worth Tk 7.37 billion have been sold online since July 2.
During July 2-7, around 26,000 cattle were sold. The sales spiked during July 8-10 as 74,518 cattle were sold during this period, said the sources.
Cattle markets in the DSCC areas are located in the Leather Technology playground at Hazaribagh, Postagola cremation ground, Meradia Bazar and adjacent area, Donia College and adjacent open space at Jatrabari, Dhupkhola East and Club adjacent open spaces, Dholaikhal Terminal adjacent open spaces, Aftabnagar Eastern Housing E Block, Rahmatganj Club adjacent open space at Lalbagh and Golapbagh DSCC Market adjacent open spaces and Khilgaon Moitrisangha Club and its adjacent open spaces.
DNCC’s cattle markets are located in Uttara Sector 1, Bhatara (Sayeednagar), Kaula Shiyaldanga, Uttarkhan Moinartek, Shahidnagar Housing, Bhashantek Road, Uttara Sector 15 and Mirpur Section 6 (Eastern Housing and Dhaka Polytechnic Institute playground).