Cattle sale peaks

Staff Correspondent

20 July, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Sales of sacrificial animals registered an upward growth on the cattle markets in the capital and elsewhere in the country on Monday after a significant fall over the last two days.

Cattle markets in the capital were buzzing with buyers and traders that increased the sales of cattle in the afternoon.

Huge cows, goats, sheep, camels, Indian bullocks and buffaloes are now up for grabs at cattle markets.

During spot visit to some cattle markets, it was found that cattle traders are not happy with their sales as buyers wear searching cattle in lower price.

With Eid falling on July 21, sacrificial animals are also being displayed on different makeshift cattle markets, including Gabtoli one.

Many buyers alleged that cattle prices are higher this year while traders claimed that they had to purchase local cattle this year at higher prices.

Big locally-raised cows, camels and dumba have been drawing huge attention at the cattle markets as crowds were seen surrounding the large cows in the market.  Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) have leased out 18 cattle markets while a permanent Gabtoli cattle market is also ready to sell sacrificial animals.

A large number of cattle have been brought to Dhaka ahead of Eid-ul-Azha, but traders said most of the large bulls remained unsold.

Many buyers were seen to visiting the markets on Monday, a day ahead of Eid-ul-Azha, to buy sacrificial animals. Cow, goat, sheep, camel, dumba and buffalo were put on sale at the cattle markets.

Traders said sale of big-sized bull was lower in this time and most of the buyers bought medium and small sized bull on the day.

Jewel Haider, a cattle trader in Meradia cattle market, said he sold two big bulls, but three more bulls remained unsold.

“Ten small and five medium-size cow already sold in the last few days. A demand for big-size cattle was very low, I cannot sell all of my big bulls in the last four days,” he said.

While visiting different cattle markets in the capital, a large number of cattle were seen. Traders from different parts of the country, including Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet, Barisal, Kushtia, Bogra, Pabna, Sirajganj, Rangpur, Manikganj, Ishwardi, Mymensingh and Khulna, were busy taking trucks of sacrificial animals to the capital.

Anisur Rahman, a cattle trader, said this year he is only able to sale only 20 cattle till Monday but each year he sale around 40 cattle.

Both traders and buyers said demand for small and medium-size cattle is higher at cattle markets.

Mominul Haque, a private job-holder, decided to buy an animal later, but he witnessed higher cattle prices.

Many buyers were also seen visiting the makeshifts markets and checking cattle prices before making a decision.

Illegal cattle markets have been found in the city a day ahead of Eid ul-Azha, defying the government rules, resulting in miseries of the city-dawdlers.

However, a section of people set up illegal cattle markets to earn extra profits.

During visits to different parts of the capital, this correspondent found that illegal cattle markets were set up on various streets and by-panes of the capital, including in some residential areas.

An illegal cattle market was set up in front of Mohammadia Housing Society road near Shia Mosque and another on Tajmahal road in Mohammadpur.

Traders kept small-and medium-size bulls and goats adjacent to the road and other places, blocking the area.