Online cattle markets is gathering pace as 2,63,216 sacrificial animals were sold in the country through the virtual platform till Friday last. Animals worth Tk18.33 billion were sold on the day.
The online market is gaining popularity as the sellers and buyers have opted the virtual market in fear of corona infections and for hassle-free trade.
Of those sold during the time, 2,04,239 were bulls, cows and buffaloes and 58,977 were goats and sheep.
Of those uploaded during the time, 13,06,127 were bulls, cows and buffaloes and 2,96,485 were goats and sheep.
Dr. Shaikh Azizur Rahman, Director General, Department of Livestock Services (DLS), on Saturday told the daily sun that people are visiting the online platform increasingly for sale and purchase of sacrificial animals.
The government is providing all-out support for making the online markets effective and popular. A number of DLS officials are also working with the people involved in cattle farming to help them upload the images of their animals to be sold, he said.
According to the statistic of the department, there are 1,768 online markets in the country for trading sacrificial animals. Of those, 602 are being run by the government while 1,017 being run privately.
Authorities concerned should take immediate actions against any criminal activities for smooth trading of the animals online, he said.
The government opened a countrywide 'Digital Haat' (market) for sale of sacrificial animals. It is being run by the joint management of the ICT Division and the e-Commerce Association Bangladesh (e-CAB).
The main purpose of the online market is to contain further spread of coronavirus in the country. The link of the haat is 'https://digitalhaat.net/'.
Besides, Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) also launched the country's lone digital cattle market on Sunday.
E-commerce platforms are getting huge response from customers amid the worsening coronavirus situation in the country, said Md Abdul Wahed Tomal, general secretary of the e-CAB.
Some online platforms are offering complete qurbani services (sales, slaughtering and delivery of meats) and in response some customers are contacting them for availing the services to avoid the risks of corona infections, he also said.
Some 120 complaints were lodged by customers so far, which have already been solved, he added.