Cattle markets in the capital will officially open tomorrow but the sale of sacrificial animals has already started on a limited scale at different makeshift markets.
The demand of small and medium-sized cows is high in the cattle markets as price of those are under the purchase capacity, said sellers.During visits to several markets in the city, this correspondent has found that trading of cattle started partially at most of the cattle markets.
Cattle-laden trucks coming from different districts were also seen waiting to unload cows in front of the cattle markets.
However, the issue of maintaining health guidelines has largely been ignored in most of the cattle markets as people were roaming around without keeping proper distance with others.
Most of the buyers said traders are asking high prices while traders also claimed that the sale of sacrificial animal has not reached their expectations.
Arshaful, a cattle trader at Mohammadpur Intellectual Road cattle market, said he brought five medium and three small cows from Nilphamari on Wednesday but he sold only one of three small-sized cows with a minimum profit.
He said they bought cows from marginal farmers. “The demand of cow is lower due to the coronavirus crisis this year. Most of the buyers are looking for small and medium-sized cattle.”Sabbir, a residence of Adabor, bought a small-sized cow for Tk 70,000. “The price this year seemed to be higher than the previous year,” he said. “Last year, a similar cow cost Tk 60,000.”
Traders said animal prices were higher than the previous year because of the rising costs of cattle feed but customers claimed that the unavailability of adequate cattle is the reason behind the hike.
Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) have leased out 19 cattle markets, including the Gabtoli permanent cattle market.
The bidders have already constructed makeshift markets while traders started thronging those with the cattle.
The both city corporations directed the traders to start selling sacrificial animals from four days before Eid festival and continue till Eid day.
The cattle markets under DNCC are open spaces at Kawla-Shialdanga, open spaces at north side of Mirpur DOHS, open spaces of Dhaka Polytechnic Institute, Badda Eastern Housing (Aftabnagar), open space of Eastern Housing at Mirpur-6, open space near the bridge No 1 & 2 at Uttara Sector 15, Vatara (Sayed Nagar), Bhashantek open space and open spaces near Mohammadpur Intellectual Road.
The venues of cattle markets under the DSCC are Meradia Bazar Playground, open spaces of Dhupkhola playground, No. 41 Kawartek playground, open spaces of Amulia Model Town, Aftabnagar Eastern Housing Dawkandi Endulia, Maitree Shangho playground, Shyampur Balur Math, No. 32 Shamsabad playground, Hazaribagh field at Zigatola, Lalbagh Rahmatganj playground, Chairman Bari intersection in Kamrangirchar, Gopibagh Balur Math & open spaces adjacent to Kamalapur Stadium and open space of Shanir Akhra-Daniya playground.